Here are some more pictures of the Palm Beach County election protests
from late 2000... These were taken on Nov. 26, 2000, a slightly later date than the
Street scene with protestors
The vote counting was taking place at the Emergency Operations Center,
a building normally used to coordinate relief during a natural disaster
such as a hurricane. The building now became the focal point of the
man-made disaster of the 2000 elections.
The entrance was guarded by police, sheriff's deputies, and county employees.
There was a check-in table for election monitor volunteers.
Any time somebody "important" (such as a politician or a celebrity
such as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton) gave a speech, the press crowded
around, making it hard for outsiders like myself to get close enough
even to see who it was they were crowding around. At times, several
different people were giving speeches at the same time in different
areas of the grounds, resulting in a "Three Ring Circus" atmosphere.
The atmosphere was sometimes intense, and also in tents... various
press and media outlets pitched their campsites nearby to house their
While this whole mess was going on, some young local residents had
their own booth across the street to promote and fundraise for a group
that finds homes for stray animals. They had planned this event before
knowing of the political mess, and were somewhat bemused at the added
attention they got due to their proximity to history in the making.
(Many people attending, covering, or participating in election-related
affairs across the street parked in the shopping plaza where this
animal group had set up, so they got an unexpected burst of traffic.)
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