Presidential election, process unlike any other in history, professor says
“Sometimes you have to take these things with a grain of salt,” said junior Chris Barnes about the recent election. “There have been a lot of adults acting like children.”
Professor Neal Allen, head of the Political Science Department at WSU, said there has never been anything that compares to this recent election.
The mix of COVID restrictions, recounts, immovable opinions and voter turnout have made the election, and the issues surrounding it, unlike anything the United States has seen so far.
“The turnout of voters was also way higher than it has ever been," Allen said. "Biden got more popular votes than any president so far, and Trump had the second highest.”
The students at Eisenhower had their own predictions and reactions related to the election.
Junior Natasha Keene said she would have voted for Biden if she were old enough.
“The whole thing was over hyped, and it reminds me a lot of high school.” she said. “It felt like there were lots of lies on both sides.”
Despite this Keene predicts there will be changes related to minimum wage, LGBTQ+ rights and support, abortion, women’s rights and racial equality that will come within the next few years
Barnes, who said he would have voted for Trump, expects life to go on just like it always does and understands that all the issues surrounding the presidential election is all part of a process.
Barnes also had an opinion on the issue of recounts, saying “a recount is within his (Trump’s) rights to ask for."
Allen said some states hold recounts automatically, and for others a recount takes place if there were any irregularities. The thing about recounts is that in most cases they have to be paid for by the party that wants it.
Barnes said there would not be as many changes in society as everyone thinks.
“Making laws is a slow process,” he said.
While they may have different political views both Barnes and Keene had the same advice to share with other students.
“Do your research,” Keene said. “Don’t just believe what you heard others say. Don’t get ahead of yourself and go bullying people for their opinion.”
Barnes had a similar view.
“Spend time with people,” he said, “and remember that they are still people even if they don’t agree with you.”