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In The News: Refusal to concede? Vote counting delays? Lefty groups brace for the worst.

By Greg Sargent // The Washington Post // 07.22.2020

“During a recent interview, President Trump repeatedly refused to say whether he would accept the outcome of the voting this fall, while claiming vote-by-mail will “rig the election.” So it’s easy to imagine various nightmares: Trump might declare himself winner while many mail-in ballots remain uncounted, or refuse to concede if mail-in ballots tip the outcome against him, claiming a stolen election.

A coalition of progressive and liberal groups is now gearing up for the possibility of scenarios just like those.

The coalition — which is called “Protect the Results” — now includes two dozen groups. Among them: Stand Up America, Indivisible, Communication Workers of America, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Community Change Action, MoveOn and Republicans for the Rule of Law.

Their plan: To begin building a grass-roots network now that can be mobilized if any such nightmare scenario does materialize, to immediately put a big show of force into the streets to push back.”

Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims that the election will be fraudulent due to the rise in the use of mail-in and absentee ballots this year—an accommodation made by nearly every state to protect public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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