More Than a Third of Arrested Trump Protesters Didn't Vote

Another 35 weren't registered in state
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2016 12:03 AM CST
Protesters march on their way to Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore., on the third day of protests over the results of the 2016 US presidential election, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.   (Jim Ryan/The Oregonian via AP)
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(Newser) – Portland, Ore., saw some of the fiercest protests against Donald Trump being elected—but more than a third of those arrested didn't bother to vote against him, according to KGW, which compared a list of 112 people arrested to state voter logs. At least 39 of those arrested were registered to vote in Oregon but did not return a ballot. Another 35 of those arrested were not registered to vote in the state, while 34 were registered to vote in the state and did so. Another four were under 18 and ineligible to vote.

The proportion of protesters who exercised their democratic right to vote appears dismal, though Multnomah County Elections Division election official Jeff Sample tells the Oregonian that some of the 35 not registered in Oregon could have voted in other states. Hillary Clinton won the state and Kevin Grigsby, a protester arrested Saturday night, tells KGW that he didn't vote because the electoral college vote is the one that really counts. "I think that we need to change that because your vote doesn’t matter if you don’t have enough electoral college points," he says. (Trump tweeted that the protests were "very unfair.")

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