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Connecticut Activists Rally For A Fair Vote Count

Activists in New Haven, Connecticut, encouraged patience — but persistence — as states count absentee ballots in the 2020 presidential election.

Carlos Moreno is with the Working Families Party of Connecticut — which organized the rally.

“We’re very disturbed by the position that President Trump has taken in declaring victory before all the results are in, so we’re here today to talk about what we can do to protect the results,” Moreno said.

Participants at the rally could be heard saying: “Why are we here? To count every vote! Count every vote! Count every vote!”

A few hundred people rallied in the New Haven Green — many checking their phones for election updates in between chants.

“Who’s feeling a little tired right now? Who’s anxious and worried about the state of things right now?” said Jack Perkins Davidson, one of the speakers at the rally and a pastor at the Spring Glen Church in Hamden. “And I know that we’re tired, and I don’t want to live in a world where I have to convince you not to vote for Donald Trump. It should be a little bit obvious.”

Connecticut lawmakers also spoke — as did labor leaders.

“For four years, five years, we’ve been subjected to psychological warfare,” said Rick Molita of the Service Employee’s International Union. “And that’s continuing even after the election. To say we need to shut down the counting the second I look like I might win is more psychological warfare that’s been going on. People are tired of his act.”

Organizers say they’re planning more rallies — including one in Hartford on Saturday.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.