With the results of the presidential election and many local races still in doubt, Progressive Women of Pelham spearheaded a demonstration today to demand that every vote be counted before winners are declared.
The demonstration took place Wednesday at 4 pm outside the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, White Plains. Roughly 200 people attended. Pandemic precautions, including social distancing and the wearing of masks, were maintained.
Among the elected officials scheduled who spoke were New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, State Senator Shelley Mayer, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, and US Representative-Elect Mondaire Jones.
“A democracy depends upon a few key elements,” said Progressive Women of Pelham Policy Director Deborah Lowery Knapp. “The first is a free and fair election. If we don’t count
the votes of all people, we do not have a democracy – we have the installation of a sham government that has seized power by coup.”
The event, sponsored by the 500+-member PWP, was one of many demonstrations being organized by Protect the Results, a coalition of more than a 100 groups formed to ensure the counting of all legitimately cast ballots – whether they were cast in person, by mail, or in election drop boxes.