ELECTION 2020: Oregon’s law enforcement agencies brace for trouble as voting ends

Access is restricted to to key rooms at the Malheur County Courthouse in Vale where ballots are stored and processed by the Malheur County Clerk's Office in Vale. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Law enforcement officials in Oregon are prepared for trouble flowing from an election that has been put under suspicion by the president the United States.

They are uncertain how Oregonians will respond to the presidential results – whether announced election night or in subsequent days.

The officials said in interviews last week they are anticipating a repeat of the violence that marked downtown Portland for months, triggered in some instances by deliberate provocations from extremists.

President Donald Trump for weeks has spread doubt whether the vote results in the presidential race will be legitimate.

“We want to make sure the election . . .