President Trump Here Is Why All Votes Must Be Counted

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Trump falsely claimed "victory" with millions of votes still left to be counted.

[Opinion]

The voters have made their voices heard through record voter turnout by mail and in person. Now is the time to count every vote.

The voters of 32BJ SEIU and beyond have spoken loud and clear. We voted for a $15 minimum wage, health care for all, and good union jobs to provide for our families. We voted to end the needless deaths from COVID-19 and to protect frontline workers like us with protective gear, paid sick leave, and a clear, rational plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These essential workers of every race and background keep America fed, clean, safe, and healthy, and now, they are standing up for our right to free and fair elections. 32BJ members have make millions of phone calls and knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors during this election.

The essential workers of 32BJ SEIU and our communities stood strong and united this election season. Even in the midst of the pandemic and deliberate attempts to make it harder for many of us to vote—especially Black and Brown communities— voters have done the job and turned out in record numbers this time around. Every single one of those votes matters. Our nation has seen hardship before, yet, we have still held elections and ensured a peaceful transfer of power, even in times of great crisis. 2020 will not be any different.

As we face the grief and pain of global pandemic that has killed over 230,000 of our loved ones and put so many of us out of work—we need to unify across our differences to build toward a better future by ensuring that all of our voices are heard and that every single vote is counted. We can uphold our democracy by ensuring that every vote is counted and demanding that the person who we have chosen is sworn in as our president.

We need to give state election officials the space to do their jobs and count every vote. The vote count will determine the winner of this election, not politicians declaring victory.  When the President has repeatedly announced that he will refuse to accept the results of this election, he has shown a basic misunderstanding of what makes our country great—we, the people, choose who leads us. 

With over 175,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.

 

 


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