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"Protect the Vote" Rally

Carmel Loughman | Published on 11/2/2020

For Immediate Release



Montclair Residents Demand Every Vote Be Counted

**Rally planned if Presidential election is thrown into doubt**

**Montclair to join communities in New Jersey and across the nation in protest**


Montclair, New Jersey (October, 2020) - Montclair will be ready if any candidate tries to undermine the Presidential election or prevent every vote from being counted. Residents have formed an ad-hoc group, "Protect the Vote Montclair" and have preemptively organized a rally to be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 3pm in Watchung Plaza. Organizers hope to draw concerned citizens from all over Montclair and will require participants to wear masks and socially distance according to state COVID-19 guidelines. 


"It is unlikely that we will know the winner of the election on November 3rd," explains James Cotter, a rally organizer. "Each state must certify their results, and given the complexity of mail-in voting, Americans must be patient as we await the final tally. If a candidate or a media outlet prematurely declares a winner and seeks to halt the full and fair count of every vote, we must be ready to mobilize, get into the streets and make our voices heard."


John Sullivan, another rally organizer, adds, "We hope both sides will abide by the rule of law and accept the legitimate results of the 2020 election. But if either side seeks to stoke chaos and fear in hopes of undermining the election, communities throughout New Jersey and across the nation are ready to activate. Montclair will join the call and demand that every vote be counted!"


Protect the Vote Montclair invites residents to join together on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 3pm in Watchung Plaza to demand that all the votes are counted. The outcome and aftermath of the election will be highly dynamic and fluid, and organizers stress the need to be flexible and prepared for action.


Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors so Montclair can play its part in sending a national message that all votes must be counted.


This is an event that we hope to cancel. Organizers are hopeful that the integrity of the election will be protected, that the rule of law will stand and the rally will be unnecessary.


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We will abide by all state and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety and require all participants to wear masks and socially distance.


For Press inquires, contact:

James Cotter, 973-943-9179

John Sullivan, 646-763-2365