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Election Day preparations:

Business owners in some parts of the nation are concerned and uncertain whether they should open on or around Election Day amid fears of protests or destruction, local groups and police officials said.

Authorities in Chicago, Miami, Portland, Washington, D.C. and other cities are working with local business people to address potential ways businesses could be impacted before, during and after the election, law enforcement officials and representatives of business groups told FOX Business.

Elliot Richardson, president and co-founder of the Chicago-based Small Business Advisory Council, said Friday that fear “of civil unrest and looting [after the election] looms large over communities that really faced that during the summer.”

The looting and property damage that happened during or following some racial justice protests “had a devastating impact. And that’s really what needs to be prevented,”…

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