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Business boards up; LVMPD steps up patrol ahead of Election Day

Posted at 8:25 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 01:22:09-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Law enforcement is stepping up patrols and many small businesses are doing what they can to prepare for Election Day.

On Main Street in Downtown Las Vegas, at least one business owner joined business owners across the country in boarding up her shop.

"I have a sneaking suspicion regardless of which way the election goes we're going to see some definite backlash," said Kortney Olson, owner of Grrrl at 1118 S Main Street.

She said the boards are not meant as a symbol of fear but rather common sense.


"We've had enough heartache this year so if I can prevent and take a safety precaution, we might as well do it," she said.

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford says he is confident Nevadans will conduct themselves appropriately on Election Day, but his office is working with federal, state and local partners to ensure they are prepared for anything.

"We are prepared in the event that some outliers intend to show up to intimidate and we'll be addressing that accordingly," Ford said.

LVMPD is adding 600 non-patrol officers and detectives to be on stand-by throughout the day. They're also opening a Deployment Operations Center to monitor real-time threats to public safety, including violence and voter intimidation.

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"It could be something as clear and plain as blocking an entrance to a polling location. It could include some of the caravaning we've seen and heard about if it's taking place in a way that is destructive and obstructive," Ford said.

Supporters of President Trump have held caravans across the country over the past several days, including in Las Vegas Sunday and Monday.

Ford clarified the difference between poll observing, which is legal, regulated and doesn't allow for the observer to engage with voters or wear partisan clothing or gear.

And voter intimidation which is a Class A felony in the state of Nevada and could involve anyone who hangs out at a polling location and disrupts the voting process in any way. Ford said this will be prosecuted accordingly.

"Anyone who has voiced an effort to or an intent to engage is something that is unlawful, we're taking note and we're prepared to address it," he said.

Attorney General Ford said if you witness any kind of voter intimidation happening tomorrow, you should talk to an official poll worker at the location. That individual should be able to get the information to law enforcement.