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SLO County NAACP hosts Count Every Vote rally in light of election

NAACP County Every Vote Rally
The SLO County NAACP holds a Count Every Vote Rally the day after the election.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - After unprecedented voter turnout, the NAACP hosted a Count Every Vote rally Wednesday in San Luis Obispo.

Rally goers gathering to share a succinct message.

"We want to make sure that all the votes get counted," said Stephen Vines, president of the SLO County NAACP. "If you voted, your vote should be counted."

It's a sentiment echoed by all in attendance.

"It could be a difference of 10 votes," said Debra Mack, a advocate for people experiencing homelessness. "I'm a true voter because... people have died for people to vote."

A lineup of speakers talked about voting, equality, environment and even honoring the whales at Avila Beach.

This rally was one in a series of rallies leading up to the election, all of them educational about issues dealing with racism.

The NAACP said it is hoping to host one more rally - a victory rally - pending the outcome of the presidential election. Many there support the Biden-Harris ticket.

"We will be celebrating our democracy back again," said Vines. "That we have people who don't lie all the time, people that tell you to take poison and that absurdity."

Many rally goers expressed concerns about President Trump's words surrounding stopping the count and voter fraud.

"We have to have a democracy. So, you've got to count all the votes," said Sherri Stoddard, a rally supporter. "The rules are there to count the votes and those don't need to change just because somebody is losing."

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