Cities around the country are already starting to prepare for potential protests as soon as the polls close on Tuesday night.
In Los Angeles, Rodeo Drive will be on lockdown for two days starting on election night, and in New York City, businesses are boarding up their storefronts once again.
Governor Andrew Cuomo urged potential protesters to wait until final election results are tallied before participating in a demonstration.
"I understand the emotion around this election, but before people get upset, I think it would be good to find out what the election results are," he explained.
But law enforcement officials are well aware that protests could break out in cities around New York and say they are prepared.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says they will have extra officers working on Tuesday, and will open a command post at the Board of Elections starting at 5:30 p.m.
"We just want people to be safe," Apple explained. "If you’re going to go out and you’re going to do a peaceful protest, then make sure it’s a peaceful protest. What went on here before were not peaceful protests, they’re called riots. And nobody wants to talk about it. It was a riot. We don’t want that. If people want to protest and have a peaceful protest, so be it. Go out and celebrate, just please don’t go out and damage things. We will have zero tolerance for that."
The Legal Aid Society has sent out a guide to potential protestors so they are aware of their rights before heading out.
Jennvine Wong, a staff attorney for the organization, says it is important to have a plan, go with a friend, and know what to say if detained by police.
"If you encounter police during a protest and you’re unsure what the encounter may result in, the first thing you want to ask is ‘Am I free to leave? Am I being detained?’ " Wong explained. "The second thing is, ‘I wish to remain silent, I want to speak to my attorney.’ And I tell people to repeat this to themselves over and over again, and practice it before they go out. The third thing is, ‘I do not consent to any searches.’ So those are things that I think everyone needs to know before they go out."
Beau Duffy, a spokesperson for the New York State Police, also sent a statement in response to potential protests, saying: "The New York State Police is in contact with its state, federal and local law enforcement partners, and will be closely monitoring developments related to the election. We will be ready to respond as needed."