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The 2020 Election

Associated Prize (or Other Information)

This essay won Second Place in the 2020 General Election Informed Citizen Writing Contest co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and UNF Writing Center

Abstract

Once every four years, on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, Americans exercise their democratic right to vote via presidential elections. We are once again approaching this point in what will be the 59th presidential election, this time between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. This election does not seem merely to be one of many because the victor will be forced to address rising extremism, a global pandemic, and economic uncertainty. For many Americans, it truly seems as if our identity, livelihood, and survival may rest on the shoulders of the victor. For this reason, it is important to carefully evaluate the stances and beliefs between the two major candidates in order to make an informed decision. In this article, I will discuss the importance of informed voting while also evaluating the positions of Donald Trump and Joe Biden in order to display the differences and similarities in their economic, immigration, and racial justice stances.

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