Lasers reflect on recent election

By Katie Peters, Emma Ingenohl & Kait Bedell – Editor-in-Chief & 1851 Staff

Graphic by Katie Peters

At 11:25 a.m. on November 7, four days after election day, The Associated Press called Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the projected President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of The United States. Since the announcement, there has been significant push-back from the Trump Administration as well as the Republican Party. Before the polls opened, there was talk of fraudulent votes, curing and other ill practices.

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5 pieces of advice for Biden

By Noor Lobad1851 Staff

This year’s presidential election will go down in history as one of the most polarizing elections of all time. With so much on the line for so many people, there has been significant friction between members of opposing parties and among those within the same party. In comparison to the staunch rejection of Hilary Clinton that Bernie supporters felt upon her emergence as the Democratic Presidential Nominee in 2016, a notably higher portion of Bernie supporters — like myself — opted to back Biden in this election in order to prevent a second Trump term. Winning the presidency was an important victory, but the fight is not over yet. Here are five things I believe Biden can do to make former Bernie supporters further embrace his presidency.

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The importance of the Electoral College

By Caroline St. Croix1851 Contributor

“Presidential Election Process.” ​USAGov,​ www.usa.gov/electon

With the 2020 election coming up on November 3, the electoral college will be used to directly elect our future president of the United States. ​The Electoral College is an important aspect of American democracy and needs to be preserved. According to ​USA.gov, ​the candidate who gets the most popular votes wins the electoral votes for that state. Therefore, the candidate receives that number of electors in the Electoral College. Many people argue that the system is no longer needed but I believe that the Electoral College keeps our Presidential system in line.

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DON’T Vote. No, Seriously. Don’t

By Felipe Bida – 1851 Contributor

Drawing by Felipe Bida

I know my request will fall on deaf ears and this is somewhat of a lost cause. As of this writing, the United States is a week away from what many are calling the most important Presidential election of our lifetimes. I’m not saying those people are wrong, but they did also say that about the last one. By now, even those most disinterested in politics have had to endure someone insisting they need to exercise their civic duty and vote. According to NPR, 66 million early votes have already been cast, which is almost half of the total votes cast 4 years ago. And, full disclosure, I myself have already voted. So, why would I be encouraging other people not to vote?

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Lasell Votes, so should you!

By Savannah Nolan1851 Contributor

Eligible student voters at Lasell who voted in the 2016 presidential election. Data provided Courtesy of NSLVE & Lasell Votes.
Graphic by Savannah Nolan.

Statistics have shown a lack of student voters in presidential elections across the country, including Lasell University students. With a presidential election coming up, “Lasell Votes” wants to ensure more Lasell students get involved and cast their vote during this election.

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The 2020 Pledge

By Ruth KehindeDigital Editor

(L-R, up to down) Library Director Anna Sarneso, senior Ruth Kehinde, junior Anna King, and Associate Director Byrd Hughes smile in Zoom call.
Photo by Ruth Kehinde.

Lasell Votes is an organization on campus that helps students in the process of getting involved in voting. According to a school-wide email sent on every Tuesday, Lasell Votes holds a virtual event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to guide Lasers with voter registration and voting plans. One of these options include, registering in one’s hometown state instead of Newton. However, if students wish to vote in Newton, that’s always an option that Lasell Votes can support.

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