Evidence keeps mounting that the anti-Trump protesters making trouble around the country have been bought and paid for.
Most of the crowd arrested in Portland, Oregon in demonstrations following the election did not even bother to vote.
Only about 30 percent of the 112 arrested last week actually cast a ballot in Oregon or in another state, KGW-NBC reported. At least seventy-nine of those demonstrators were not registered to vote in the Beaver State or didn’t turn in a ballot.
Many of the Portland arrests happened on Friday and Saturday evenings as protests escalated into violence as leftist mobs clashed with police for days following the election of Donald Trump.
According to KGW:
KGW compiled a list of the 112 people arrested by the Portland Police Bureau during recent protests. Those names and ages, provided by police, were then compared to state voter logs by Multnomah County Elections officials.
Records show 39 of the protesters arrested were registered in the state but didn’t return a ballot for the November 8 election. Thirty-five of the demonstrators taken into custody weren’t registered to vote in Oregon.
“I did not (vote) and the reason why is because we know that the electoral college is really what matters the most. And I think that we need to change that because your vote doesn’t matter if you don’t have enough electoral college points.,” Kevin Grigsby, who was one of 71 arrested Saturday night, said.
It was not clear if those arrested who were not registered in Oregon to vote were registered in other states, though they gave Oregon addresses as their official residence in court records, KGW reported. Of the 112 protesters arrested overall, 89 listed Oregon addresses and seven listed Washington addresses.
Only 34 of the 112 arrested demonstrators actually did vote. KGW noted that four of the 112 were not eligible to vote because they were under the age of 18.
While some of the demonstrators said they were protesting because they didn’t like either presidential candidate or the system, one woman said that was no excuse not to vote.
“That’s not a reason to throw your vote away,” she told KGW. “It’s a privilege to vote. So you should take advantage of the candidates you have in front of you.”
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