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Election 2020: Minnesota and around the region

The latest on local races and Election Day news in Minnesota and neighboring states.

  • Judges dismiss Trump claims in Georgia, Michigan

    Judges in Georgia and Michigan have quickly dismissed Trump campaign lawsuits, undercutting a campaign legal strategy aimed at attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean President Donald Trump’s defeat.

    Read more here.

  • 'Count every vote!': Large postelection protests seen in several U.S. cities

    Some of the protests had been planned ahead of Election Day. But they were intensified by President Trump's attempts to pronounce himself the winner of a presidential race that's still playing out. In Minneapolis, police issued citations to hundreds of protesters after a march went through downtown and onto Interstate 94.

  • 2020 demonstrates power, limits of DFL urban dominance

    MPR NewsDemocrat Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump handily in Minnesota, largely because of a huge advantage in Hennepin County. Here’s why the DFL win at the top of the ticket didn’t filter down to legislative races.
  • Trump backers demand Michigan vote center 'Stop the count!'

    People wanting to be election challengers yell as they look through the windows of the central counting board as police were helping to keep additional challengers from entering due to overcrowding on Wednesday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    By The Associated Press

    Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump chanting “Stop the count!” descended on a ballot-tallying center in Detroit on Wednesday, while thousands of anti-Trump protesters demanding a complete vote count in the still-undecided presidential contest took to the streets in cities across the U.S.

    In New York City, thousands marched past boarded-up luxury stores on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, calling for every vote to be tallied. The march was largely peaceful, though police made at least 20 arrests after a smaller, rowdier group began protesting police misconduct.

    In Chicago, protesters demanding a complete count marched through downtown and along a street across the river from Trump Tower.

    Similar protests — sometimes about the election, sometimes about racial inequality — took place in at least a half-dozen cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and San Diego.

    Michigan has been on edge for months over fears of political violence. Anti-government protesters openly carried guns into the state Capitol during protests over coronavirus restrictions in the spring, and six men were arrested last month on charges of plotting to kidnap Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

    The Detroit protests started shortly before The Associated Press declared that former Vice President Joe Biden had won Michigan.

    Video shot by local media showed angry people gathered outside the TCF Center and inside the lobby, with police officers lined up to keep them from entering the counting area. They chanted "Stop the count!” and “Stop the vote!”

    Earlier, the Republican campaign filed suit in a bid to halt the count, demanding Michigan's Democratic secretary of state allow in more inspectors. Trump has repeatedly insisted without evidence that there are major problems with the voting and the counting.

    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, insisted both parties and the public had been given access to the tallying “using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately.”

    On Tuesday night, scattered protests broke after voting ended, stretching from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, but there was no widespread unrest or significant violence.

    In Portland, Ore., Richard March came to an anti-Trump protest on Wednesday despite a heart condition that makes him vulnerable to COVID-19.

    “To cast doubt on this election has terrible consequences for our democracy," he said. "I think we are a very polarized society now — and I’m worried about what’s going to come in the next days and weeks and months.”

    The prolonged task of counting this year's deluge of mail-in votes raised fears that the lack of clarity in the presidential race could spark unrest.

    Hundreds arrested after marching onto I-94 in Minneapolis

    By Matt Sepic and Tim Nelson | MPR News
    A man wearing a skull maks puts his hand in the air as he marches in a protest calling for a fair election in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Evan Frost | MPR News
    Updated: Nov. 5, 12 p.m. | Posted: Nov. 4, 8:28 p.m.

    Police cited and released hundreds of demonstrators after they marched through downtown Minneapolis and onto Interstate 94 Wednesday evening to demand that President Donald Trump halt any legal action over ballot counting in key swing states.

    Troopers and Minneapolis police cited and released 646 people, the State Patrol said Thursday morning. Six vehicles were also towed.

    They said no force, weapons or chemicals were used during the incident and no injuries were reported. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, University of Minnesota police and Metro Transit police assisted.

    Bystanders, however, did report use of chemical irritants to disperse people in areas near the freeway, and photos show what appear to be clouds of irritants drifting through the crowd.

    Demonstrators criticized the officers for trapping them on the freeway, shouting that they would peacefully leave the interstate if allowed to.

    Authorities said Wednesday night they were enforcing state law that bans pedestrians, bicycles and other nonmotorized traffic on freeways, adding that it is especially dangerous for pedestrians and drivers to be on high-speed roadways after dark. A section of Interstate 94 was closed while officers from a number of agencies arrested the demonstrators one by one.

    On Wednesday, the Trump campaign said it was filing lawsuits in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia to stop the counts in those states on grounds that staff was not allowed to observe.

    One group of demonstrators started at Government Plaza and met up with another that marched into downtown from the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

    Protest organizer Rod Adams said Trump is trying to use the courts to subvert the will of voters.

    "We're here because the simple fact is we want to make sure that Donald Trump and his cronies don't steal this election," Adams said.

    With electoral vote tallies nearing 270 for Democrat Joe Biden, Sophia Watkins with the group Socialist Alternative said Trump is trying to steal the election in the courts.

    "It's just about upholding democracy. It's not letting one man take over the White House. We're not a dictatorship. Absolutely not. We just want to have a fair election," Watkins said.

    The demonstrators also demanded that Biden, if elected, adopt a more progressive agenda than he ran on including a national $15 minimum wage and Medicare for All.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.
    by jchoi edited by Michael Olson, MPR News 11/5/2020 2:28:08 AM
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