US election: Rising protests ahead of election results
Protests have broken out across the U.S. Wednesday evening against Trump’s calls for vote counts to stop in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, where just a small margin separates him and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Several groups organized demonstrations in Houston to demand all ballots be counted. The non-partisan group Indivisible Houston helped gather advocates from other groups for these protests. Leaders from immigrant-rights organizers, advocates for front-line workers, LBGTQ activists, advocates for Black voters, and more gathered at Eleanor Tinsley Park uniting behind the simple message: “Count Every Vote.”
“Harris County voters have turned out in record numbers due in part to tireless community organizing efforts, and the work of Harris County officials to make the democracy safe and accessible to more voters than ever before. Together, we must join people across the United States to ensure that all votes are counted, and stand up for the election process,” said one of the organizers, Indivisible Houston, in a statement.
In Harris County, 68% of people showed up to vote. That’s approximately 1.65 million people.
“I’m in the oil field, so I’m nervous, but I’m pretty sure that Trump is going to pull it out,” said one Harris County voter. “I just looked at it, and the swing states are close and leaning towards him.”
While there are some hoping Pres. Trump stays another four years, others would like to see change.
“I’m just hopeful that it will not be Trump and that we’ll get a new person in there that can make some changes,” said another voter.
While Biden is projected to win in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, people in Montgomery, Galveston, and Brazoria Counties overwhelmingly chose Trump. Nearly 71% of people picked him for president with 100% of the votes in and counted.
“I’m proud that everybody came out to do it, but at the end of the day it’s still a toss-up,” one voter said. “It’s still waiting to see, waiting to hear.”
Demonstrators are concerned about President Trump’s claims of election interference when in reality, it is normal for ballot counting and election result certification to take some time after Election Day. There are even more of those ballots this year due to the pandemic.
Twitter has flagged several of the president’s claims of election interference. But Wednesday evening, Trump tweeted again, casting doubt on his campaign’s own legal strategy, writing in part, “What good does it do?”
Even after the counting has stopped, the process won’t be over.
The lawsuits will not help Trump
Trump has already started legal challenges. But experts, like Professor Josh Blackman with the South Texas College of Law, say the lawsuits may not matter.
Mr. Blackman said he doesn’t think it will come down to a United States Supreme Court ruling.
“I think the Supreme Court will likely not have much to say about this election. I think Biden will have enough votes in Wisconsin and Michigan to make the other swing states not really relevant,” Blackman said.
Still, the claims Trump is making have the demonstrators worried about this election and the shape the country will be in afterward.