The election isn’t over yet

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As the transfer of power from Trump to Biden continues many Americans are still on the edge of their seats.

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

At the time of writing, President-elect Biden has just been officially declared the winner of the 2020 election. Despite this, the election as a whole isn’t over. There are still two undecided Senate races in Georgia, resulting in runoff elections, that will take place in early January and four races in the House of Representatives. The House is going to be controlled by the Democrats for sure as they are ready have a majority before all the seats are filled, but the Senate’s future is still uncertain.

Hypothetically, if both Senate seats were to go to the Democratic party, there would be a perfect 50/50 split in representation. In the event of a tie during a Senate vote, the Vice President steps in to break the tie, which would be Vice President-elect Harris and she would likely decide based on party lines like all of her predecessors.

This would translate to President-elect Biden being able to pass legislation nearly uninterrupted. The thing that is most likely to happen is the admission of Washington DC and Puerto Rico as states at some point in Biden’s term. DC is already considered its own state during the election and due to it being a highly Democratic area, the Democrats would like to see it as its own state to add additional Democrat representatives to the House and Senate. Similar reasoning applies to Puerto Rico; they can vote for President during election years due to it being a US territory but have no electoral votes or representatives. By making both areas states, there would be 104 Senators instead of 100 and two or three more seats in the House. We very well may see the day that the USA has 52 states in the next two years before the mid-term elections.