Today, January 6, 2021, the United States Congress gathered to certify the 2020 Presidential Election. This act is an important, if largely ceremonial, part of our nation’s democratic process. Some lawmakers indicated in advance that they planned to issue formal objections to the recent presidential election. Though many anticipated that organized protests would also take place during today’s proceedings, what we are now seeing unfold on Capitol Hill has been met with alarm and concern.
Today, November 7, 2020, is an historic day for the United States and for the democratic principles we hold dear.
In addition to electing the nation’s 46th president, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., we will now have – for the very first time – a woman holding the second highest office in the land. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, is, of course, a Californian and Bay Area native, and her Jamaican and Asian Indian ancestry symbolizes the rich diversity and possibilities of our nation.
The current election cycle, which has not yet quite concluded as of this writing, has generated a mixed array of emotions for many of us. With more than 100 million votes cast even before Nov. 3, the overall turnout for these elections will likely equal or surpass any others in our nation’s history. Even more impressive, perhaps, is the number of first-time and young voters who cast a vote or were active at the local level. Adjusting so well in the midst of a global pandemic demonstrates the power of our democracy.
Today is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan initiative designed to celebrate our democracy. San José State, of course, is a highly-engaged university when it comes to issues related to our democracy and civic responsibility. It is one of the characteristics that defines us.
Today is “Super Tuesday.”That is the name political pundits have given, of course, to the day when Californians and voters from 15 other states go to the polls to participate in the Presidential Primary Election. There are many other important local and regional races and issues for which we are casting ballots, too. At San Jose State, this has been an exciting and important period for our democracy.