Our Opinion

The general election was held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, after press time for this week’s edition of The Beverly Review.

Perhaps by the time this newspaper arrives in your mailbox, the results will be decided.

It’s also likely that some contests—including the presidential race—could drag on for days, weeks or months as all the votes are tallied.

Nov. 3, 2020, will be a monumental day in U.S. history. No one will forget this year because of the coronavirus, and no one will forget this Election Day, when Americans decided on four more years of President Donald Trump or voted for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Once again, Americans need to remain peaceful. Passionate protests are acceptable, if not praiseworthy during these tense times; violence, however, is never acceptable.

Many people despise Trump for his lies, for his insults and for numerous other misbehaviors.

Many people have reservations about Biden, who at 77 would be the oldest president in U.S. history taking on an exhausting job.

Americans turned out stronger than ever for early voting. According to The New York Times, as of Nov. 2, 34.9 million people had voted in person, and 60.5 million people had cast ballots by mail. That was over two-thirds of the number of votes cast in the 2016 election. Locally, lines were long at the Beverly Arts Center, the early-voting site for the 19th Ward.

According to a CNN poll, as of Nov. 1, Biden led with 52 percent of the vote, compared to Trump’s 42 percent.

According to a USA Today report from Oct. 30, Biden was 8.3 percentage points ahead of Trump nationally; that was almost a full point higher than Biden was at the end of September but 2 points lower than the 10.1-point advantage he held in mid-October. 

In 2016, polls showed that Hillary Clinton would defeat Trump.

The USA Today report added, “If the [swing] states end up breaking according to their current polling averages, and assuming the non-swing states go the way they did in 2016, Biden would win decisively in the Electoral College, even if he lost Ohio, which is tied.”

The day before this monumental election, citizens are experiencing many emotions, including anxiety, fear and a sense of relief that it’s almost over.

Whatever your reaction is to the results on Election Day, make sure it’s peaceful, and give thanks to be an American.