Praying for a peaceful election

Unless the Nov. 3 presidential election is decided decisively, one way or the other, there is a distinct possibility of civil unrest in some of the nation’s cities. Both federal law enforcement officials and their counterparts in some states recognize that and are taking steps to be prepared for it.

And unfortunately, because of COVID-19, it is likely the potential for violence will be longer than a night or two after Nov. 3. In some states, mail-in ballots arriving a week or more after Election Day are to be counted, in compliance with those states’ laws.

Regardless of one’s political preference, the thought that violence will break out if election results are not to the liking of some elements in our society is distasteful and disturbing. We Americans have resolved many deep differences without turning to violence. That is supposed to be our way.

Still, a nonpartisan look at events this year does raise fear of election-related violence. What should the authorities in our area do to be prepared?

We can take some comfort in the nature of our communities. We have none of the major urban centers where rioting has occurred during the past several months. Perhaps our luck will hold

We certainly hope so. And in truly small towns and cities, it probably will.

Trouble is, we don’t know the depth and breadth of passions that will be stirred by the election. We cannot until it occurs.

Let us hope and pray it does not occur here.


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