Heightened security was reported around the US as millions of Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, November 3. Violence and election-related unrest across the country are possible as the country votes in a polarized presidential race contested between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joseph Biden.
A number of businesses and shops in Washington and several other major cities have reportedly boarded up windows in anticipation of potential unrest over the election results in the coming days.
Due to the large number of voters who decided to vote via mail due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it is possible that the announcement of results may be delayed. In this case, there will be a realistic possibility of protests in states with an unclear winner and in major US cities, such as Washington, DC, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.
A heightened police presence is expected around polling stations and any unauthorized political gatherings due to the risk of election-related unrest.
Those in the US are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant due to the threat of electoral-related unrest, and heed all directives issued by local authorities.
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