Activists rally in Amherst in support of election results

Hampshire County

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – People in Amherst marched Thursday to show their support for the integrity of the election.

Participants are standing in solidarity with the poll workers who are still counting ballots in key battleground states in the presidential election. It only took five days to put together this march.

Organizer, Rob Okun, said, “Today we want to make our message clear…count every vote.”

In Amherst, more than 100 people came together for a “count every vote” march.

“This is about the actual work of counting the vote, the fundamentals of our democracy,” Okun added.

President Trump tweeted “stop the count” and says “any vote that came in after Election Day will not be counted.” States still counting ballots include ballots that were postmarked on Election Day but are legally allowed to arrive days after.

“Enfranchisement and inclusion of every person is a foundation of the entire country,” said Rev. Georganne Greene, organizer. “Not Democrats not Republicans, the democracy.”

Marchers kept social distance and wore masks while walking around the town common carrying signs, and playing instruments. People participating in the march were encouraged to bring instruments so that they would be able to have their voices heard without physically chanting to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Greene added, “That’s the premise of this country, that if you vote you have a voice. The election is not finished until everybody has been heard from.”

It may be days before final results from the election come in. Organizers said there’s another March on Saturday, hopefully, every vote will be counted by then and we’ll know who the next president is.

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