2020 Presidential Election Outcome

To: UC Santa Cruz community

From: Chancellor Cynthia Larive

This morning the Associated Press declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Because his margin of victory over President Donald Trump is close, recounts have started in some states, while the courts are being asked to review the election process in selected areas. It’s unclear how long this will take, but we must continue to have faith in our democracy and display the patience that has served us so well this year.

This election cycle and the subsequent wait heightens anxiety for many. For that reason, campus is continuing to provide post-election support events and resources. Please take advantage of these. I also want to share again the resources for safely exercising your rights to free speech and encourage you to continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

I find great hope in what we have seen this election cycle: record voter turnout both statewide and nationally. California residents shattered records for early voting, and the final voter turnout could reach 17 million, exceeding anything the state has ever seen. Approximately 160 million Americans voted, a record high for ballots cast in a presidential election and the highest voter turnout rate among eligible citizens since 1900. The wider, more representative the voter turnout, the better our democracy functions. I am grateful to all of you who participated.

Our nation and our university will thrive if we build our future together with compassion and understanding.