Biden to be 46th president

Joe Biden

Gage Skidmore, published with permission of wikimediacommons

Joe Biden speaking in Nevada, February 2020. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons license.)

The world was on edge to see if Donald Trump would be re-elected, or if Joe Biden would be the 46th president of the United States. It was a long road to see who would win and now we know!

In 2020 things were a bit different than the 2016 election. especially with COVID-19 going around. Many people were skeptical about voting this year because of the pandemic, and many Americans voted early by mail. There has been a huge increase in mail-in ballots due to COVID-19. The rate of mail in ballots was 500% greater compared to the 2016 election.

Still, on November 3, 2020, millions more Americans voted. The next day, November 4, all states were called except Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina. However, by the end of that day Biden had won Wisconsin and Michigan, which Trump was hoping to retain.

Finally, on the morning of November 7, 2020, it was announced by the Associated Press that Biden had the 270 electoral votes to win the election. People across the city of Chicago took to the streets and started dancing, honking horns, waving flags, shooting fireworks, and blasting music. Many people were excited that Biden had won, and that Trump would be out of office. Others lamented the current president’s loss, or argued that the results were not yet final.

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be inaugurated at the U.S. Capitol Building. He will be the 46th president of the United States on that day and will also be the oldest person to ever take the office. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the first woman and the first woman of color to become vice president of the United States.