US Elections 2020: American retailers board up stores amid concerns of vandalism

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Americans are set to cast their vote in the 2020 US presidential polls with Republican President Donald Trump squaring off against Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the November 3 election.

A Domino's outlet in Washington DC covered with a wall of wood panels

A Domino's outlet in Washington DC covered with a wall of wood panels (Photo Credits: Geeta Mohan/India Today)

Most stores across major American cities are preparing for any untoward incident ahead of the November 3 US presidential elections.

Photos of a Domino's outlet in Washington DC, covered with a wall of wooden panels, are going viral on social media platforms. Other prominent outlets have also taken similar measures as a precaution less than 72 hours before polling day.

These measures are believed to be prompted by violence parts of the US witnessed in 2019 and earlier this year. Widespread protests in the backdrop of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement had reportedly collided with scattered instances of vandalism and looting in some parts of the US.

Outlets in Washington DC covered with a wall of wood panels (Photo Credits: Geeta Mohan/India Today)

Retail brands and stores are now ensuring that their window displays remain covered in a bid to avoid any vandalism in the case of any civil unrest. While still open for shoppers, stores are all boarded up to ensure there is no room for looting and vandalism that could cause huge losses to these businesses.

Americans are set to vote for the next president with Republican Donald Trump and his vice-president Mike Pence seeking a second term in office against Democrat Joe Biden and his vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

As of October 31, more than 90 million Americans have cast their ballots in the US presidential election, according to a tally by the US Elections Project at the University of Florida.

President Donald Trump is expected to campaign in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida on November 1. His challenger, former vice president to Barack Obama, Joe Biden will be heading to Pennsylvania on Sunday.

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