Election Day results prompt mixed reactions from voters

After four days of deliberation and tallying, Joe Biden was declared President-elect on Nov. 7 after the Associated Press called Pennsylvania and Nevada for Biden, giving him 290 projected electoral votes.

There were many predictions made regarding what would happen following election night, and while many missed the mark, the overwhelming belief that demonstrations and conflict would occur was correct.

On Nov. 4 Donald Trump began his claims of fraud regarding the election when he tweeted, “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!”

On Nov. 5 he continued this sentiment tweeting, “STOP THE COUNT!” two days before the results were called.

Reacting to the calls to stop counting mail-in ballots and votes cast after polling places were officially closed, multiple demonstrations broke out in the days before and after results were called. This time the demonstrations volleyed cries of “Count every vote” and “Stop the steal.” While some demonstrations turned violent, most were overwhelmingly peaceful.

In New York City, dozens of people were arrested for inciting violence during a peaceful protest. In Detroitprotesters gathered outside the building where absentee ballots were being counted chanting “stop the vote.” In Chicago, protestors marched downtown for a “Defend the Election” rally that Chicago Police categorized as a peaceful protest.

After the announcement of Biden and Kamala Harris’ win on Nov. 7, the elected addressed the nation. Harris said in her speech, “To the poll workers and election officials across our country who have worked tirelessly to make sure every vote is counted — our nation owes you a debt of gratitude as you have protected the integrity of our democracy.”

Biden said in his speech, “To all those who volunteered, worked the polls in the middle of this pandemic, local election officials — you deserve a special thanks from this nation.”

After the announcement on Saturday, Trump said that the election was “far from over” and “Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,”

In a press conference held at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia. Trump’s attorney, Rudi Giuliani said that “Trump won’t concede” and “Networks don’t get to decide elections” a reference to many individuals’ outcry against how the Associated Press has called the election for Biden.

As the country dealt with the aftermath of the election results, the University of New Haven continued with little election-based interruption.

In a prediction regarding the aftermath of the election, Thomas Reynolds, political science professor said, “With education we learn to seek out credible sources, to be skeptical consumers of information, to listen critically, to challenge our assumptions, and to engage in thoughtful dialogue. Our own university models these civic virtues and they will be crucial to healing our divisions and rebuilding our democratic institutions.”

On Nov. 4, the Center for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Orientation (CSELO) hosted “Take a Seat, Make a Friend” event, followed by the Myatt Center’s “doom scrolling” event, which tackled the issue of finding a balance between staying updated via social media and mental health. Later that day The School of Health Sciences & WeEmbody Lab held “The Day After: Unpacking the Election.”

The following day, Nov. 5, CAPS & Military & Veteran Services hosted a Zoom event, “Personal Steps: How to Move Forward.”

After the election results, university president, Steven Kaplan sent an email that said, in part, “No matter how you voted or your personal feelings on the result of the presidential election – or other federal and local races – I am encouraging everyone to remain civil and to be respectful of each other.”

A debriefing after the election results event has been scheduled by the Myatt Center; details have yet to be established.