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Politics California governor preparing state for civil unrest following election

03:20  30 october  2020
03:20  30 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Authorities in Washington state are preparing for the possibility of civil unrest that could arise around Election Day following months of tense protests About 300 active-duty members of the Washington National Guard have received “Military Assistance for Civil Disturbance Training,” Washington military

Fears of voter intimidation and civil unrest have prompted authorities in large urban centers to announce unprecedented steps meant to avoid clashes on Election Day and Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, is running its election headquarters through an Emergency Operations Center

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is preparing his state for civil unrest following the general election next Tuesday, Politico reports.

Gavin Newsom wearing a suit and tie: California governor preparing state for civil unrest following election © Getty Images California governor preparing state for civil unrest following election

"As it relates to making sure people are safe, making sure not only the process of voting is a safe and healthy one, but keeping people safe after the election for whatever may occur," Newsom told Politico about possible election night chaos. "The answer is yes, we are always gaming out different scenarios and making sure that we are prepared."

The governor did not specify what exactly he has done to prepare for possible election night mayhem.

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“The State of California is deploying every level of government to help identify cases and slow the spread of this coronavirus,” said Governor Newsom. “This emergency proclamation will help the state further prepare our communities and our health care system in the event it spreads more broadly.”

Two immigration agencies under the Department of Homeland Security are planning for possible civil unrest in relation to the general election . Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will have personnel on standby the week of the election and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been

His comments come one day after Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti announced that the city's iconic Rodeo Drive would be closed on Election Day and Nov. 4 to curb possible unrest following the election. He said the Beverly Hills Police Department would be on "full alert" beginning on Halloween, and during election week.

Other jurisdictions across the country are instituting precautionary measures as fears over possible violence following the 2020 election have increased. A YouGov Poll released earlier this month found that 56 percent anticipated an increase in violence following the 2020 election.

Officials in Chicago have held an "all-hazards" drill going through how they would handle election-related threats and violence.

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In many Republican-controlled states , governors and other public officials are openly deploying dirty tricks to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning cohorts. Indeed, if the initial reported results on election night do not immediately indicate a sweep for the Democrats, Trump would almost certainly

Follow CNN Politics. (CNN) Two of the Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement agencies are preparing for the possibility of more civil unrest amid a contentious election , according to officials, part of a concerted effort by federal and local authorities to prepare for large-scale protests.

"Given what we experienced over the course of the spring and the summer, we can't presume that what's going to happen ... is going to be peaceful," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said on a conference call Tuesday. "We are preparing for the worst. So what we've been doing is a lot of drilling, a lot of making sure that we break down barriers, that no one part of election security is operating in a silo."

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has said that law enforcement is "planning, practicing, creating protocols to deploy our resources before, on and even after Election Day." He added that other departments are prepared to respond to voter harassment or intimidation, as well as to "de-escalate tensions at the polls."

The concerns come as President Trump repeatedly casts doubt on the validity of the election results, and has called on his supporters to "go into polls" to monitor the voting process for fraud. Democrats have claimed these comments will spark voter intimidation.

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