The Birmingham Police Department does not know of any threats in the city as voters go to the polls on Tuesday, but it has plans in place to respond to any that arise, according to Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s office.
“We have all heard discussions on a national level concerning the potential for unrest on Election Day or in the aftermath,” said a statement released by the mayor’s public information office. “We remain in constant contact with law enforcement on a local, state and federal level about any potential unrest or threats to our community.”
The statement said that the city’s leadership and its police are committed to keeping people and polling places safe. The public information office will coordinate with Birmingham police to issue any official notices about imminent threats.
“Election Day is a chance for every citizen to use their voice to make the change they seek,” the statement said. “Birmingham has a proud legacy when it comes to fighting for the right to vote. As a people, we owe it to those who sacrificed in support of that right for each of us to be heard.”