Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday evening there is “no intelligence” suggesting any sort of widespread plot to carry out violence or voter-intimidation locally during the upcoming election, but he said police will “prepare for the worst” while hoping for the best.
“We are very prepared for the elections, but at the same time, I don’t want to buy into a narrative that there’s going to be chaos during our elections,” Garcetti said. “We prepare for the worst, but we are hoping and expect generally the best.”
Garcetti said the Los Angeles Police Department will be prepared to respond to any incidents of violence or voter intimidation at the polls.
“But there’s no intelligence of a widespread plot,” Garcetti said. “… A lot of folks are saying, `should we shut down our businesses,’ or `should we do X, Y and Z.’ We are here as always. … The city government will never stop working for you during this pandemic. And this is a critically important election.
“Law enforcement isn’t and oftentimes by law allowed to be right at an election site, because … that’s not the sort of country we live in. But they are available to protect our rights when we need them should anybody through violence or other means try to take that away.
“So I’m very confident. I would encourage folks to just slip that ballot tomorrow into the mail. We all got it, that’s he easiest way to vote. If for one reason or another you forgot to do that or really feel you have to vote in person, you know, be safe, keep a lookout, let us know if anything’s happening and we’ll be there for you.
“But again, I do not expect that to be anything widespread. There may be individual instances, we’ll see some stuff around the country. But don’t let any of that change the narrative of you, your right to vote — and don’t be scared to vote. We need everybody’s vote protected.”
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