Heightened security and protests are possible in cities throughout the US following the nation's Nov. 3 presidential and congressional elections. Although few demonstrations took place on Election Day itself - primarily in Washington, DC, New York, and Seattle - the lack of a definitive result in the presidential race may spark protests in the coming days as the votes continue to be counted in several key states. Legal challenges to the count and recount processes may also lead to demonstrations.
Protests are especially likely around electoral and government offices in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as in a number of major cities, including Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles. Local and state officials have deployed additional security personnel in an effort to avoid major disruptions. Streets in some downtown areas remain closed to vehicular traffic. National Guard units have been activated or placed on alert in several states and could be deployed to fulfill various functions, including responding to potential post-election unrest.
More than 130 million votes have been counted nationwide in the presidential election, large numbers of which were cast by mail; this has led to delays in the vote count in certain states. The race has not been declared in favor of either of the two major candidates, President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, although Biden is leading in the popular vote.
Heightened security, as well as sporadic transport and business disruptions, are possible in major cities in the US into mid-November. Ground travel disruptions are likely near any demonstrations that may materialize. Incidents of violence, clashes between demonstrators and police, and confrontations among rival activists are possible during any protests. Significant acts of violence could prompt authorities to tighten security further, including activating National Guard forces and/or implementing curfews or other movement restrictions.
Monitor developments closely. Avoid potential demonstration sites as a standard security precaution and to mitigate disruptions. Allow additional time to reach destinations in major cities. Should violence occur near you, leave the area immediately. Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm business appointments.