Early voting begins Oct. 19, and already there are some fears about violence both at the polls and in the aftermath of the Nov. 3 election.

While acknowledging the fears, shared that many people across the country, City officials say they are confident the community will be safe no matter what the outcome of the election.

Police Chief Demitrous Cook told the RoundTable, “We haven’t heard anything as a specific threat, but [talking about safety during and after the election] is on the agenda for the week.” He added the police always “have a presence at all polling places.”

Interim City Manager Erika Storlie told the RoundTable, “We have had discussions about post-election follow-up. We’re definitely looking at security measures. We want to be prepared for what might happen. We do that as a regular course of action for any community event – looking at it from ensuring the public safety.”

“We’re praying for the best and planning for the worst,” Chief Cook said. 

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...