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Voters Zoom All Evening Long on Election Night

Photo by Charles Deluvio

The Hottest Party was on a computer, cell phone, or TV screen on Nov. 3, 2020, as people nervously waited for the election results.

By William Torres

Four years ago, Americans watched Donald Trump become the 45th president of the United States from the comfort of their homes, other people’s houses, bars, or restaurants. This year, Covid-19 plagued the entire world, and many have been in quarantine ever since.

To further complicate 2020, quarantine happened during an election year. After eight months of staying home and working remotely, people wanted to gather after they voted, in spite of quarantine. While many Americans cannot gather in large crowds, they can still do so virtually.

Felicia Walker throws an election party every four years at her apartment in East Hollywood and invites 20 of her closest friends. Because of the pandemic, Felicia decided to throw a party through Zoom.

“For the last 20 years that I have lived in Los Angeles, I always threw an election party,” Felicia said. “I wasn’t going to let Covid [19] ruin my election party.”

The Zoom party started at 5 p.m., and throughout the night, many people would come in and out with a drink in their hands to join the conversations, games, and laughter.

The positive thing about a Zoom party is that people from other parts of the United States can join. Annette Moore lives in Queens, NY, and she joined the Zoom party at midnight, Eastern Standard Time. “Since the votes are still being counted, I might as well join the fun and see all my friends in Zoom,” Annette said.

Because of the Pandemic, most states allowed absentee voting this year, which resulted in a delay in the counts. By 10 p.m., Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania were still tabulating. Everyone knew the winner would not be announced that night.

By this time, guests remained logged in and just enjoyed each other’s company. All guests engaged in a game of “What did Trump Tweet,” or “Scattergories.” Olly-Riley Smith has been going to Felicia’s election parties for eight years.

He lives in Pasadena with his wife and two-year-old son, Duncan. “I’m British, and I can’t vote, so attending Felicia’s parties has always felt like a sporting event,” Olly said. “It is a great opportunity to continue our tradition through Zoom.” There was no winner, but the party rocked on in Zoom.

Seventeen liberals played games, drank responsibly, and enjoyed each other’s company well past midnight, like at any great party. “It’s these kinds of events [election night] that brings us together and reassures everyone that we are in this pandemic together,” Felicia said. The Zoom ended at 1 a.m.

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