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Local law enforcement step up patrols on Election Day

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Elisette Weiss, joined by her son, Judah Bockelweiss, 1, tries to cast her ballot at the polling location at Christ Church United Methodist in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Photo taken (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

The sheriffs of Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin counties have all announced increased patrols near polling places on Election Day.

While the increased resources are not a new decision — rather, they typically are deployed during elections — Mendocino County Sheriff Matthew Kendall said tensions surrounding the Nov. 3 election drove him to publicize that sheriff’s deputies will be present to guard people’s right to vote safely and securely.

“The national narrative across the U.S. is pretty concerning,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to be concerned about exercising their rights.”

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