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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Police used pepper spray on several participants in the "I Am Change" rally to encourage citizens to participate in the upcoming voting in Graham, North Carolina, local media report.

    The rally was held on Saturday, the last day to vote early in the key battleground state. About 200 people participated, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

    Alamance County sheriff's deputies began dismantling a sound system and telling the crowd of demonstrators to disperse as people were giving speeches.

    Several arrests were reportedly made outside Alamance County's courthouse as police tried to disperse the protesters and police used pepper spray on some people.

    US President Donald Trump's challenger, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, narrowly leads in North Carolina by 0.7 percent, according to the most recent polls.

    On Friday, Trump slammed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow a six-day deadline extension for the receipt of mail-in ballots in North Carolina, up until 12 November. The Supreme Court rejected a second bid from the Republican Party to block the deadline extension on Thursday.

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