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‘Stop the count!’: Trump supporters protest polling centers

By: Reuters Editorial | 5 November 2020

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Crowds of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside places where ballots were being counted in several American cities Wednesday night. Trump, without giving any evidence, has accused Democrats of trying to steal the election.

In Phoenix, Arizona a crowd of roughly 200 appeared. Rumors have spread on social media that some Maricopa county votes were not being counted because voters used Sharpie pens to mark their ballots. Local election officials insisted that was not true.

Some protesters were armed with rifles and handguns.

A similar scene played out on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Detroit, where city election officials blocked about 30 people from entering a votecounting hall.

In Las Vegas two groups of opposing protesters assembled on a street. Some carried signs such as “stop the steal.” Others demanded to “count every vote.”

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