PORTLAND, Ore. Protests erupted across the country as ballot papers resumed in the final battlefield states. Some protesters called for every vote to be counted, others insisted that the count stop.
In Portland, where a “Count Every Vote” demonstration merged with another that focused on racial justice and police brutality, some people broke away from the group and smashed downtown shop windows. The police called the incident a riot and raved about it.
In Minneapolis, hundreds of protesters blocked Interstate 94 and police made arrests. Protesters used social media to say that they were “kettled” or trapped there to prevent them from dispersing.
Protests also surfaced in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and other cities. Some protesters called for all votes to be counted, but in other places their agenda was not entirely clear. Sometimes people on the same side of the election had opposing goals.
In Detroit, a pro-Trump demonstration called for the vote count to be suspended – a reiteration of the president’s unsubstantiated claim that illegally cast ballots would be counted to spin the race against his opponent Joseph R. Biden Jr.
But in Maricopa County, Arizona, where Mr. Trump follows Mr. Biden, the presidential supporters went the opposite way. They gathered in front of the polling station and sang: “Count these votes!”