Election profiles

Burnett County voted overwhelmingly for President Donald J. Trump to win re-election. As the votes continued to be counted over the weekend it was announced by several media outlets that Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral college mark.

Last week, the Sentinel reported Wisconsin and many other states were too close to call. Then later in the day it was announced Biden was the projected winner of the state by more than 20,000 votes.

Wisconsin Republicans are attempting a state-wide recount. A recount is something the Trump campaign promised last week when the unofficial results were being released.

Burnett County Canvass results were made official on Monday and the results show Trump easily won Burnett County.

Trump won every municipality in the county while collecting 6,462 votes compared to Biden’s 3,569. Trump gained one vote in the canvass from the unofficial count.

Shortly after the news was sent out Trump took to his favorite form of communication, Twitter, to express a notion that has never been seen in our democracy – a president unwilling to accept election results and concede to a peaceful transition of power.

“I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. It was immediately flagged by the social media platform as inaccurate. A number of the president’s tweets were flagged for similar reasons.

Trump continued to tweet about the election, bringing up claims of voter fraud and called mail-in ballots a “hoax.”

Biden made a speech Saturday evening saying it’s “time to heal.”

The Associate Press reported, “Trump refused to concede, threatening further legal action on ballot counting. But Biden used his acceptance speech as an olive branch to those who did not vote for him, telling Trump voters that he understood their disappointment but adding, ‘Let’s give each other a chance.’”

The story continued, “Throughout the campaign, Trump repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, arguing without evidence that the election could be marred by fraud. The nation has a long history of presidential candidates peacefully accepting the outcome of elections, dating back to 1800, when John Adams conceded to his rival Thomas Jefferson.”

With this election, Biden, 77, becomes the oldest man to be elected to the highest office in the country.

His running mate, Kamala Harris, made history many times over. She is the first black woman to become vice president. She also is the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency and will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the U.S. government.

County wide results

A number of unopposed races were on the ballot for the Burnett County government. Wanda Hinrichs will continue to serve as Burnett County Clerk. Judith Dykstra was elected to another term as Burnett County Treasurer and Burnett County Register of Deeds will be run by Jeanine Chell.

Burnett County District Attorney was also on the ballot and James Rennicke will continue to serve in that position.

Since the last election in 2016, Burnett County has had three district attorneys. Rennicke was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers in November 2019.

Grantsburg referendum

In local races, the Grantsburg Airport referendum passed in the Village of Grantsburg. There were 422 votes in favor of spending $55,000 with 264 votes against the referendum.