75 percent of the American public is concerned about civil unrest over the election, as businesses begin boarding up storefronts and the White House erects a “non-scalable” fence before ballots are cast on Tuesday.
Another poll, taken last month by YouGov found a similar result, with most voters expecting to see a rise in violence following the elections, The Hill reported.
Further, a mid-October study warned that five states in particular are at the highest risk of seeing increased militia activity preceding and following the elections. Those states are: Oregon, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin. The study also found a moderate risk in Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, and California.
Both experts and officials alike are advising the American public that the results of the 2020 election are not likely to be determined on election night. The fact is that the coronavirus pandemic has created a huge amount of mail-in ballots that will take a significant amount of time to properly count.
One expert weighing in the matter is Michael Beschloss, an NBC and PBS contributor, who is a presidential historian and author (Presidents of War – crown books).
Beschloss tweeted: “We did not know Presidential winner for certain before midnight on election nights in 1960, 1968, 1976, 2000, 2004, 2016. No one should pretend there would be anything historically unusual if that happens again in 2020.”
Law enforcement and other agencies around the country are preparing for the potential of unrest on or following election day. Cities around the nation have limited or canceled vacations around election time to ensure there will be enough officers to handle any disturbances.
Federal authorities around the White House were expected to put in place a “non-scalable” fence around the entire perimeter on Monday.
The same type of fence was erected earlier this past summer amid Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, CNN reported.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said out that Democrat-run cities are likely to be the key hotspots in election unrest.
“Notice what those cities have in common,” McEnany pointed out to Fox. “They’re all Democrat cities.”
Businesses and retailers in the Democratic-led cities of Portland, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. are boarding up storefront windows and taking other measures against potential unrest, looting, and destructive activities.
On Sunday night in New York City, Antifa protesters clashed with the NYPD. Reporter Drew Hernandez captured some of the comments made by protesters at police, who posted a video on Twitter. One woman told an officer: “I hope all of your children get raped and killed.”
Antifa also chanted: “‘How do you spell NAZI? NYPD!’ while marching through Chelsea.”