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Fri Oct 16, 2020, 11:08 PM

Pro-Democracy Groups Vow, 'Ensure Voters Have The Last Word': 170 'Protect The Results' Events 11/4

- "EVERY VOTE COUNTS/COUNT EVERY VOTE". Rise & Resist members outside the Staten Isl. Ferry Terminal in NY at an outreach action, encouraging people to have a voting plan and to make sure they know where & how to vote.

- With 170+ 'Protect the Results' Events Planned for Nov. 4, Pro-Democracy Groups Vow to 'Ensure Voters Have the Last Word.' "We will honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and show up to demand that the losing candidate put their ego aside and concede for the good of our country." Common Dreams, Oct. 16, 2020.

Pro-democracy advocates are organizing more than 170 events in anticipation of President Donald Trump illegitimately declaring victory in the Nov. 3 election before all the votes are counted, or potentially refusing to accept the election results. Protect the Results, a coalition of more than 100 national groups including Indivisible, Stand Up America, 350 Action, and Mijente, released an interactive map on Friday showing events planned for Nov. 4 across the country. Voters can sign up to join a public action or create their own.

- 'Protect the Results' website: https://protecttheresults.com/

"Should Trump declare victory before all the votes are counted or prevent the legitimate counting of votes, we will mobilize in every corner of this country to ensure voters have the last word in November," Sarah Dohl, co-founder of Indivisible, said in a statement. For months, the president has repeated baseless claims that a rise in the use of mail-in ballots this year—in light of the pandemic that he has allowed to spread across the country without implementing a comprehensive national testing strategy or embracing basic mitigation guidelines from health experts—will lead to so-called "voter fraud," despite the fact that Trump himself has voted by mail.

Numerous studies have found that fraudulent voting by individuals is extremely rare, and that the very few instances that have occurred were easy for officials to catch before they could ever have an effect on election results. Trump has also urged his supporters to engage in voter intimidation and has suggested that—although his approval rating has never risen above 49% during his nearly four years in office, his average rating is 41%, and he is trailing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in several swing states—he will only lose the election if it is rigged.

In an NBC town hall Thursday night, after refusing numerous times to commit to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election, Trump said, "I absolutely want that" before adding the qualifier that he wants "an honest election." Such statements are a clear sign that Trump is "desperate," said Stand Up America President Sean Eldridge, and demonstrate that voters must commit to giving Biden an unequivocal victory on Nov. 3.

"We know that voting alone might not be enough when it comes to defeating Donald Trump—and that's why we'll be ready to mobilize to demand that every vote be counted and that state officials, Congress, and the Electoral College honor the final, accurate vote count," Eldridge said in a statement.

Accusations of cheating by the Democrats are "all he has left in his playbook," Dohl said. "But we are ready."...


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