Senior Older and Wiser By June Michel

CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA you cast your votes and your voices were heard. This has been an historic election. More Americans voted than in any other election in U.S. history. Seniors came out to vote as never before. We voted for a wise, experienced senior for president and for the first time in history, we elected a woman Vice President. But it's much bigger than that, Kamala Harris is the daughter of two immigrants — her father came from Jamaica and her mother was from India. Who knows, maybe one day Kamala Harris will become the first female U.S. President.

HOW CLOSE WAS THE NATIONAL VOTE? The vote was close until Biden took Philadelphia with its 20 electoral votes. That's why declaring the winner took so long. Every vote counted. Republicans wanted a red wave and they made it happen. This year Trump received seventy million votes. In 2016 Trump received just five million less votes. The democrats won with seventy-four million votes. Here is a site to check vote totals state by state, https://www.cbsnews.com/election/2020/president/

WHO DID KING COUNTY VOTE FOR? In King County we voted 75% for Biden and 22% for Trump. Use this site to check presidential results by county. Go down to the Washington map and click on your county. https://projects.seattletimes.com/2020/election-results/#President

GEORGIA CALL TO ACTION: Under Georgia's election laws when a presidential election is tied below a certain percentage it's an automatic recount if requested. But the recount will not change Joe Biden's win. GEORGIA'S TWO SENATE SEATS ARE UP FOR GRABS. Georgia senators must win by at least 50% of the vote. Two Georgia Senate seats failed to receive 50%. Georgia law requires a Senate revote. If democrats were able to win these two seats it would end the U.S. Senate gridlock. Please tell anyone you know in Georgia that the work isn't done until we win those two democratic Georgia Senate seats in January.

PRESIDENT ELECT JOE BIDEN has called for a time of healing by working toward mutual respect and by working together. The most poignant statement of why we worked so hard and what it means to us is this statement by Van Jones, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c2ScxGsB-ks

AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEGACY OF LOVE CAREGIVERS FORUM: Each November we celebrate the African-American Legacy of Love. This year’s Forum is scheduled for Saturday, November 14, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The 2020 theme is Caregiving in the Time of COVID. The forum is intended to give participants time to revive, refresh, and connect with other family caregivers. Past forums have been day-long events but this year, due to the pandemic, the two-hour forum will be held virtually. There is no charge to participate but you should pre-register at SurveyMonkey.com/r/LegacyOfLoveRegistration. For information email Karen.Winston@seattle.gov.

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