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Activists Rally In San Antonio's Main Plaza To Demand All Votes In 2020 Election Are Counted

Progressive groups in San Antonio rallied at Main Plaza on Wednesday evening to urge election officials to continue counting ballots in the presidential race.

In a statement, the event organizers said the "groups believe the voice of every voter who cast a ballot must be heard, and that a failure to do so jeopardizes the integrity of our elections and democracy."

Demonstrators expressed concern over President Trump's election night remarks in which he preemptively declared victory and promised to contest the election in court if he lost.

Sofia Sepulveda, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, shared her concerns with TPR before she stepped on the stage to speak to dozens of participants and onlookers.

"They want to stop the counting of the votes and have the Supreme Court decide," she said, "and we don't think that is democratic."

She worried that Trump's actions will undermine public confidence in the country's elections.

Sofia Sepulveda with Texas Organizing Project
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Sofia Sepulveda with Texas Organizing Project

"What we're trying to make sure is that we count every vote and that every voice is heard," she said, "because the last thing we want is for the youth to be discouraged and to think that their vote and their voice does not matter."

The rally also took place several hours after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden expressed confidence in his election prospects and made a commitment to be president for all Americans, should he win the election.

The rally was organized by about a dozen groups, including MOVE Texas, Texas Organizing Project, the Interfaith Welcome Coalition and SA Stands.

The group is planning a caravan on Saturday in support of vote counting. It will assemble at UTSA's downtown campus at 11 a.m. and drive throughout the area.

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Ben contributes reporting and audio mixing to a number of podcasts at Texas Public Radio including The Shakeout, Petrie Dish, and Worth Repeating. In previous lives, he made podcasts at New Hampshire Public Radio, worked as a science news reporter, and briefly entertained a career in marine biology.