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When the news broke: Palo Alto responds to the 2020 election


The sound of car horns and excited shouts fill the air as people of all ages wave homemade banners, newspapers and American flags in celebration of a new executive.

With a record-breaking number of votes cast and millions voting by mail amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this election was one like no other.

In Palo Alto, demonstrators took to the streets the day President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were declared the winners of the race, rallying at the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road in celebration. We captured this historic moment in a collection of photos. We also documented street art and signs painted in response to the election across the Bay Area.

BAY AREA FOR BIDEN — A boy holds an American flag and leans out the roof of a car at the victory rally for President-elect Joe Biden, surrounded by other demonstrators sharing their excitement at the outcome of the Presidential election. Photo: Avery Hanna
HOORAY FOR HEALTHCARE — A young demonstrator triumphantly raises a banner in support of Medicare for all Americans, a provision many Democrats hope President-elect Biden implements during his administration. Photo: Avery Hanna
PINT-SIZED PATRIOT — A young girl waves two small American flags on the median in the center of El Camino Real as a part of the Palo Alto celebration of President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Photo: Avery Hanna
GEORGIA ON MY MIND — A demonstrator raises a homemade sign to express her admiration for Joe Biden’s victory in the state of Georgia, a key swing state that helped Biden win the election. Photo: Avery Hanna
CALLING FOR ACTION — A painted canvas heralds the presidential exchange of power and calls for the arrest of President Trump, likely in relation to the 12 federal or state investigations into his 2016 campaign and business dealings, according to a list compiled by the New York Times. Photo: Audrey Joachim
URGING THE VOTERS — A pizzeria in Palo Alto displays art to encourage customers and passerby to vote in the 2020 election. Photo: Audrey Joachim


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