States mull deploying National Guard amid worries about Election Day unrest

States mull deploying National Guard amid worries about Election Day unrest

Amid worries about civil unrest and violence following the 대통령 선거 and possible shortages of poll workers on Nov. 3 itself, more state leaders are considering deployment of the 방위군.

Although the 우리. 군 is generally left out of the election process, polling locations attempting to manage impossibly long voting lines may not be in a position to turn away help from the Guard, whose members would fill in as plainclothes poll workers or help to monitor cybersecurity.

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In key battleground states such as the Rust Belt’s 위스콘신 and the Sun Belt’s 애리조나, governors have already announced they could or would activate the National Guard to help with security.

위스콘신 민주주의 정부. Tony Evers said Thursday that he would deploy around 400 members to compensate for poll worker shortages.

Members of the Minnesota National Guard stand at the intersection of South 7th Street and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, 목요일, Aug. 27, 2020, as community members and business owners clean up damage from looters.  (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Members of the Minnesota National Guard stand at the intersection of South 7th Street and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, 목요일, Aug. 27, 2020, as community members and business owners clean up damage from looters. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

“The Wisconsin National Guard has played a critical role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and this mission is no different,” Evers said. “As Wisconsin faces an urgent crisis with more than 200,000 positive cases of COVID-19 across the state, the help of the Guard will be needed to ensure that Election Day goes smoothly and that voters and election officials alike have the assistance they need.”

That same day, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey told ABC 15 he would nothesitateto send out the Guard should there be civil unrest.

Following the police killing of a 27-year-old Black man, 월터 월리스 주니어, on Friday, Philadelphia Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney requested that the 펜실베니아 National Guard help with thecurrent situation and election preparation.”

The Guard in 뉴저지 is assisting election officials with balloting, 델라웨어워싱턴 state Guard personnel will provide election-related tech aid, and Tennessee’s Guard is opening polling stations for rural communities, according to The Associated Press.

게다가, should any other state governors request them, the National Guard has designated military police unitswith hundreds of troopsin both 앨라배마 and Arizona that are ready to respond within 24 시간.

Conversely, many states say they have no plans to activate their Guard for the election in response to concerns about voter intimidation.

Nebraska’s adjutant general Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac told reporters that governors are developing contingency plansthough they could evolve on the evening of the election.

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The National Guard can only be federalized under limited circumstances, though once federalized, the president can command personnel without a governor’s permission.

게다가, senior military leaders have said that they believe there is no role for active-duty or federalized National Guard in an election.

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