Students Discuss Election Results, Uncertain Future


Courtesy of the U.S. Government

Democrat Joe Biden, right, defeated incumbent Republican Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States.

Noah Vincent, Reporter

WOODBURY — With the results of the 2020 presidential election still fresh in everyone’s minds, it is a hot topic among Nonnewaug students. Joe Biden was called by media outlets as the president-elect on Nov. 7, and Congress confirmed his Electoral College victory Jan. 6.

How do Nonnewaug students feel about the election? Nonnewaug hosted a mock election back in October, which Trump won with 52.8% of the vote, so students are bound to have conflicting opinions on the outcome. 

“I feel like Biden was kind of the lesser of two evils as far as human rights and basic things, like justice for a lot of different victims of police brutality and LGBTQ rights and stuff like that. I feel like that’s what’s important to me,” said sophomore Genevieve Richmond. “I still feel very uneasy because I don’t know what’s going to happen past this now that Biden’s won. … It’s nerve-racking either way.”

Sophomore Nick Saccomani expressed a slightly different opinion.

It’s certainly not the outcome I hoped for,” said Saccomani, who also mentioned that he was worried about what Biden has planned as far as handling the coronavirus pandemic. “However, my life will be forced to shut down as Biden may enforce a national lockdown [and] mandatory masks. The masks aren’t that bad, but it could get to the point where we may wear them in our own home, like the proposal in some states.” 

Students also had differing opinions on the mail-in voting method used in this election. 

I don’t think the outcome would have been different,” Richmond said. “I still think Biden would have won, but I don’t think all the drama behind the voting fraud would have happened if coronavirus wasn’t a thing right now.”

Saccomani, on the other hand, said that he thinks the mail-in voting caused a big problem and that Trump would have won in an “electoral landslide” if voting had not been affected by the coronavirus.

Although most students at Nonnewaug were not able to vote in this election, they still have strong political views and are willing to speak up about what they think is right.

Results of the Nonnewaug mock presidential election (Tyler Lavaway)