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The protests came as the president insisted without evidence that there were major issues with voting and counting, especially with postal votes, and as Republicans filed lawsuits in various states in the during the election.
Dressed in Trump gear, protesters in Phoenix filled much of the parking lot at the Maricopa County polling center, and members of the crowd chanted, “Fox News sucks!” angry with the network declaring Joe Biden the winner in Arizona.
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Rep. Paul Gosar, Republican from Arizona and a staunch supporter of Trump, joined the crowd in saying, “We are not going to let this election be stolen. Period. “
However, observers from the two main political parties were inside the electoral center as the ballots were processed and counted, and the proceedings were streamed live online at all times.
Several sheriff’s assistants blocked the entrance to the building. And the count continued into the night, said Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman Megan Gilbertson.
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Two senior county officials – one Democrat, the other Republican – issued a statement expressing concern over the spread of misinformation about the integrity of the electoral process.
“Everyone should want all votes counted, whether they were mailed or cast in person,” said the statement signed by Clint Hickman, the GOP chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Directors, said. and Democratic supervisor Steve Gallardo. “Precise voting takes time. … It is proof of democracy, not of fraud. ”
Meanwhile, from New York to Seattle, thousands of protesters have come to demand that every vote be counted.
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In Portland, Oregon, which has been the scene of regular protests for months, Governor Kate Brown called the National Guard as protesters engaged in what authorities called widespread violence in the downtown area, including broken windows. Protesters in Portland were protesting over a range of issues, including police brutality and vote counting.
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“It is important to have confidence in the process and system that has ensured free and fair elections in this country over the decades, even in times of great crisis,” Brown said in a statement. ” We are all in there. “
Richard March has come to an anti-Trump protest in Portland despite having heart disease that makes him vulnerable to COVID-19.
“Doubting this election has terrible consequences for our democracy,” he said. “I think we’re a very polarized society now – and I’m worried about what’s going to happen in the next few days, weeks and months.”
In New York City, hundreds of people marched past closed luxury stores on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, and in Chicago, protesters marched through downtown and along a street across the street. river from the Trump Tower.
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Similar protests – sometimes over elections, sometimes over racial inequalities – have taken place in at least half a dozen cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego.
The showdown in Detroit began shortly before The Associated Press said Biden won Michigan.
A video shot by local media showed angry people gathered outside the TCF center and inside the hall, with police lined up to prevent them from entering the counting area. They chanted: “Stop the count! And “Stop voting!” “
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Previously, the Republican campaign had filed a lawsuit to stop the count, demanding that the Michigan Democratic Secretary of State allow more inspectors.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Democrat, insisted that both parties and the public had access to the tally, “using a strong system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted. fair and accurate manner. “
Michigan has been plagued by fears of political violence for months. Anti-government protesters openly transported weapons to the state capital during protests against coronavirus restrictions in the spring, and six men were arrested last month for conspiring to kidnap Democratic housekeeper Gretchen Whitmer.
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On election night, scattered protests erupted after voting ended, stretching from Washington, DC to Seattle, but there was no widespread unrest or significant violence.
The protracted task of counting this year’s deluge of postal votes has raised fears that the lack of clarity in the presidential race could spark unrest.
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