The various messages of the protests produced a rapid flow of opinion, especially outside of the counting centers.
However, in Phoenix, Arizona, where Trump was behind in the early tally, a group of his supporters gathered outside the counting center on Wednesday night and chanted “tallying.”; Arizona, another key state in the election, was still not surprising.
“I don’t understand the targets of these protesters,” Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said Thursday about the protesters gathered at a Maricopa County vote-counting center – a of them are armed with weapons. “Of course, we will count all votes. We have a legal obligation to do that.”
In Philadelphia, part of Pennsylvania, mail ballots are still being counted and election results are not final. Demonstrators gathered near the convention center on Wednesday night, where votes were being tally to chant, “Count every vote.”
Others have gathered in free lands like New York, Seattle and Los Angeles to call for the vote count.
In New York, at least 30 people were arrested because the NYPD said people “tried to launch a peaceful protest by setting fires, throwing trash and eggs in Manhattan.”
NYPD Lt. John Grimpel told CNN that a protester was arrested after spitting on a police officer. He cannot say what charges that individual has been accused of.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said there were “relatively few” people joining the rallies, especially compared to what was expected.
“The vast majority of people simply want to see the election results be fair,” he said.
The protests are not only related to the presidential election. In Seattle, a group calling for defending every vote and another supporting Black Lives Matter teamed up to form a protest.
The objective of the protest, by the group, was to raise awareness about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of police force and the impact of the economic downturn on low-income Minnesots and people of color.
According to a press release, the Minnesota State Patrol and Minneapolis Police cited and released 646 people for being pedestrians on the highway and causing nuisance to the public. Law enforcement said the gatherings endanger pedestrians and motorists on the highway.
“We respect everyone’s right to express themselves under the First Amendment, but the highway is not the place to do it,” the state’s patrol team said in a tweet.
CNN’s Andy Rose, Austen Bundy, Kristina Sgueglia and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.