With the US presidential election (November 3) approaching three days ahead, concerns over the violence surrounding the election results are growing.
The Washington Post (WP) reported on the 31st (local time) that "a warning flare is exploding in the US sky just before the tension-sensing presidential election," and as the election day approaches, concerns are raised that a civil war-level turmoil may occur.
WP said, "Especially if the counting results continue for several days without a clear winner."
In addition, gun sales surged, and conversations about "civil war" surged in online forums where right-wing extremists gather, WP said.
In the early months of this month, opinion polling agency Yugov reported that about 56% of US voters expect violence to increase after the presidential election.
The WP said, "law enforcement officials around the country have been preparing for elections with an unusual focus on the possibility of violence," and said the federal and local governments are strengthening countermeasures against unrest accompanied by violence.
District Attorney Larry Krasner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has expanded the Task Force (TF) to respond immediately to attempts to disrupt voting.
Portland, Oregon, authorities have been discussing how to issue a curfew in the event of violence.
In Beverly Hills, Los Angeles (LA), California, police have called for a veil to be installed as a precaution against violent nighttime protests.
NBC reported that the day before, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were instructed to prepare for possible unrest in Washington, DC on the day of the presidential election.
According to political media The Hill, California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a media interview on the 29th that he is preparing for not only smooth voting but also possible confusion after the presidential election.
Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot said on the 27th, "From what we have experienced in the spring and summer, we cannot assume that what will happen in the future will be peaceful. We are preparing for the worst."
Chicago has conducted training in responding to election-related threats and violence, Duhill said.
Analysts said the most effective safeguard against violence is not police preparation, but prevention of intimidation of voters, rapid counting, and withholding the politics and the media to declare the winner until the results are certain, the WP said.
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