Given the current social and political climate in our country coupled with a pandemic, it’s understandable that many have worries about today and the days following.
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Though there has been record numbers of early voters, all indications are that there also may be record turnouts on election day. This may mean longer lines and some wait times so plan accordingly and be prepared. Most poling places have gone to great lengths to address COVID concerns but be sure to do your part by maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and using the available hand sanitizers. Be weary of possible attempts of voter intimidation and immediately report any concerns to polling officials. The Voter Protection Hotline for Illinois is 1-224-990-2200. Look up the voter protection hotline numbers in your area before heading to the polls. Remember that once you are in line at your polling place, you cannot be turned away or denied your right to vote even if the polling place has closed. Once you have voted you should leave the area of the polling place and avoid lingering.
Leading into election day, there has already been a great deal of discussion and speculation that we may not know the election results or have a winner declared on election day. There is also some likelihood of contested results and legal challenges that may also affect when results are known. During this time, it is very likely that misinformation and false declarations may be widely discriminated. Do not take any information as fact without knowing that it is from a credible source or verifying through multiple sources. Look for fact checkers to verify the information that you are hearing. Try to avoid being reactive with the information that you are receiving. Know that the process of declaring a winner may not be an immediate one and be prepared for the emotionally charged atmosphere that may come along with that. Watch out for people who will look to take advantage of this and will use disinformation and fearmongering to advance their social and political agendas.
During the process of declaring a winner and once a winner has been declared, there is a strong possibility of some level of protest activities. This could be anything from small local peaceful protests, to national protest movements, to violent clashes between opposing groups, and everything in between. Some groups have called for revolution or revolt should one candidate or another win the election. Given the current climate in our country, all of these things should be taken seriously. Today, this week, and quite possibly for the month of November, try and maintain a heightened state of awareness. Monitor trusted news and information sources regarding activities in your area. Be mindful and intentional in your activities and avoid areas where mass gatherings or protest activities may be taking place. Be prepared to have the ability to stay home and in place for several days if necessary. This includes making sure that you have adequate food, supplies, and needed medications available. Should you decide that you will participate in protest activities, be sure that someone knows your intentions and location; have some understanding of the area and environment you will be in and have a plan and backup plan should things escalate or take an unexpected turn. Keep in mind that even the most peaceful of protests has the potential to quickly escalate into something else. Have a plan to deal with possible injuries or medical emergencies.
Given the current climate and the divisions present in our country, it is very possible that the fallout from this election may last for days, weeks, or even months beyond the election. This period of time may result in continued efforts at misinformation, fearmongering, and divisiveness. It is important to remain vigilant during this time and to be intentional about your personal safety and the safety of those around you.
Over the next month, RedHawk will be providing #Information, #Insights, and #Solutions pertaining to increased situational awareness and safety for you and your family.
RedHawk wants you to be safe, smart, and exercise your right to vote today. We hope you’ve found these considerations helpful as you enter polling stations, watch results from home, and tackle the next month of happenings.
Kai M. Joy, Director & Lead Private Investigator