Several political activist groups in the United States announced their intention to go out in demonstrations next week if it appears that President Trump is interfering with the vote counting process or in the voting results the day after the election.
These groups claim to represent millions of Americans from the Republican and Democratic parties, according to the Reuters news agency.
The “Protect Results” coalition, which includes more than 130 groups, said it has prepared for around 400 gatherings so far.
Participants prepare to go out in mass demonstrations upon receiving short messages, starting after midday on Wednesday 4 November the day after Election Day.
Stand Up America started organizing the Protect Results coalition in June.
“We cannot assume that Donald Trump will respect the principle of a peaceful handover of power,” said Shawn Eldridge, founder and president of the organization.
Eldridge added: “We will rally” on any attempt by Trump to interfere with the vote count.
Observers believe that the issue of determining the form of this intervention by Trump is a difficult issue, but this may include his refusal to accept official figures or his declaration of victory early.
Trump refused to pledge to hand over power peacefully, and warned of possible fraud in the mail vote, without providing any evidence.
At the same time, many Republicans reject the idea that Trump will refrain from stepping down from power if he is defeated.
Trump said earlier this week that the election result should be announced on Tuesday, a far-fetched scenario in light of the need for time to count the postal votes amid the Corona epidemic.
“The president will accept the results of free and fair elections,” said the deputy White House press secretary, Sarah Matthew, in response to questions about activists’ plans to stage demonstrations.
The US National Council for Election Integrity, which represents the Republican and Democratic parties, says it spent $ 4.5 million on educational publications about the electoral process, particularly in some swing states.
Council spokesman Michael Pickel said: “Because of the pandemic, things look different this year, which requires us more patience than usual.”
Election experts warn that it may take days to announce results in swing states.
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