On November 3, voters went to the polls to turn things around in
our country and in our state. Or rather, many went to the polls,
but many more had already cast mail ballots in the days and weeks
leading up to the election, a sign of the times during a year of
“stay at home” orders.
The polls closed in Hawaii, the westernmost voting site in the
United States, at 1 am eastern time on November 4. At 2:28, less
than two hours later, President Trump sent out a tweet announcing
that he’d won the election.
Millions of votes had yet to be counted, especially those cast by
people voting early because of the coronavirus. But Trump
demanded that counting stop, and made false charges of election
rigging. He immediately filed suits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and
Georgia to stop the count.
Last Friday, the CFT Executive Council unanimously passed a
resolution outlining our union’s principles to defend
American democracy. The resolution follows a similar resolution
passed last week by AFT and highlights four key areas that the
CFT believes must be protected:
Every American citizen registered to vote must be able to
The nearly 4,000 delegates at the AFT Virtual Convention
endorsed Joe Biden for president in the general election, with 90
percent voting in favor.
The decision by the AFT follows the most inclusive and extensive
presidential endorsement process in the union’s history,
conducted over many months and involving more than 300,000 AFT
members, that ultimately led the AFT Executive Council to submit
On March 22,
AFT endorsed Joe Biden for U.S. President after more than a
year of member engagement on the endorsement process — with more
than 300,000 AFT members nationwide participating in candidate
events, town halls, polls, regional conferences and other efforts
— new membership polls show strong support for Biden.
In November, CFT members will join voters around the country to
cast their ballots for the next president of the United States.
While we know that every election day is an important one, the
upcoming election will represent an historic turning point
for our country.
We not only have the opportunity to elect a president who
understands the value of public education, but one who will stand
up for the rights of working people.
As we knew it would be, the lead-up to the 2020 Presidential
Election is both an exciting and overwhelming time for voters. We
are bombarded with articles, polls, social media, and headlines
about the candidates.
Amid all the hype, it isn’t often that CFT members get the
opportunity to see the presidential candidates in person and hear
their perspectives on the issues we think about every day.