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Chicago protest targets president’s ‘anti-woman agenda’

“We wanted to lead into the mid-terms and encourage women to get out and vote,” Jessica Scheller, head of Women’s March Chicago, which organised the event, told AFP.
Yesterday’s events included a street festival-like “Voter Village” where dozens of community groups and politicians set up booths to reach new voters and encourage political involvement.
Demonstrators planned to leave Grant Park for a formal march through downtown Chicago before heading to early voting locations.
“I would like women to take charge of the mid-terms,” protester Sarah Sieracki told AFP.
The 23-year-old from the nearby Republican-dominated state of Indiana was exactly the type of voter organisers were hoping to encourage to get involved in the election. “Women are angry. And we’re starting to feel comfortable being angry.”
Republicans currently hold the White House and both chambers of Congress, but many in the party fear anti-Trump voters will overwhelm the president’s supporters in the elections, pushing the House – at least – over to the Democrats.
Most states allow early voting by mail-in ballot or at a limited number of polling stations, giving those unable to show up on Election Day a chance to vote.

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