From Your Lobbyist: Election Results, Glass Ceilings, and the Youth Vote
November 13, 2020
Week of November 9-13
Election Results, Glass Ceilings, and the Youth Vote: After being glued to cable news for 5 days of “election night in America,” millions of us were ecstatic when the presidential election results were called for President-Elect Joe Biden and VP-Elect Kamala Harris.
Here are some pretty freaking amazing highlights about the 2020 Elections:
- Turnout: More Americans than ever in history showed up to the polls and voted by mail, with a whopping 150 million+ ballots cast. Youth voter turnout rose by 10% compared to the last election, and many sources are crediting Black women and youth for carrying this election in favor of Biden/Harris.
- Age: President Elect Biden will be the oldest president to take office, but it seems he is in great shape, as evidenced by his run up to the mic to give his acceptance speech.
- Glass Ceilings: KAMALA HARRIS – QUEEN OF GLASS CEILINGS!! So many firsts!! First FEMALE VP, first BLACK VP, first SOUTHEAST ASIAN VP.
While the election results were exciting for more than half the country, the closeness of the election highlighted the real crisis America faces with the deepening polarization of our nation. Despite what people projected, there was no blue wave and in fact, the Democratic House actually lost some seats this year, giving up a few to Republicans, making the split 215 Dems-198 Republicans. Additionally, the Senate Majority hangs in the balance with Republicans securing 50 seats and Democrats currently at 48 with the Georgia runoffs in January determining the fate of the Senate’s majority. Both seats will need to be won by Democrats in January for there to be a 50/50 tie in the Senate, whereby VP elect Kamala Harris would determine the majority leader, potentially giving control of the Senate to Democrats. It is expected that at least $1 billion will be poured into the GA runoff and all eyes will be glued to that state through January. It is truly a nailbiter!
As for education, Biden and Kamala both have made very clear that education, student debt, and helping young American’s recover economically is an important part of their agenda. AYA is in the process of putting together our strategic plan of action for 2021 and have launched our “After the Vote” campaign here!
Stay tuned for next week’s IG reels on what to expect in a new Congress and Admin and what you can do to begin our advocacy work now that the elections are over. Our work begins now to improve the lives of Young Americans through lobbying for policy changes!