Votes across the nation continue to be counted, cities seeing unrest as controversy grows

Posted at 7:58 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 08:02:02-05

The tension has been high since polls closed Tuesday with controversy and legal action surrounding the 2020 presidential election continuing to grow.

Voters are rallying across the country from Columbus, stretching to Portland, Seattle, Arizona and California, are demanding a fair election and every vote to be counted, while others are joining President Trump in his fight to stop the count.

The president's team is pressing forward with lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia. Michigan poll workers continue to count ballots while facing chaos outside the TCF Center in Detroit. Our sister station WXYZ reports hundreds of trump supporters have been gathered outside for hours, called in as back-up, following claims from challengers that they were denied proper access to watch the counting process.

Michigan’s attorney general’s office responded saying in part, “Michigan’s elections were transparent…and allowed for access to both political parties and the public.”

Georgia's secretary of state is expected to give an update on ballots on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Trump’s team is also demanding a recount in Wisconsin. Another lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania over ballot deadlines. Trump told supporters, “we were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. We did win this election.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News, “we're going to win outright, but should those three extra days of ballots matter, we believe will prevail at the supreme court.” But the president's window to win could be closing as former Vice President Joe Biden holds on to razor thins leads in several crucial states. Still, like Trump and his team, Biden is confident he'll win the presidency. “I'm not here to declare that we've won, but i am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners,” he said.

The voter count could go on for at least another day or longer, which means more protests are possible. Cleveland businesses have already begun boarding up windows in case there is unrest.