Although the 我们. 军事 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.
“The Wisconsin National Guard has played a critical role in our response to the 2019冠状病毒病大流行 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 not “hesitate” to send out the Guard should there be civil unrest.
Following the police killing of a 27-year-old Black man, 小沃尔特·华莱士, 在周五, 费城 Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney requested that the 宾夕法尼亚州 National Guard help with the “current situation and election preparation.”
The Guard in 新泽西州 is assisting election officials with balloting, 特拉华州 和 华盛顿州 state Guard personnel will provide election-related tech aid, and Tennessee’s Guard is opening polling stations for rural communities, 据美联社报道.
此外, should any other state governors request them, the National Guard has designated military police units — with hundreds of troops — in both 阿拉巴马州 and Arizona that are ready to respond within 24 小时.
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. 根. Daryl L. Bohac told reporters that governors are developing contingency plans — though they could evolve on the evening of the election.
The National Guard can only be federalized under limited circumstances, though once federalized, the president can command personnel without a governor’s permission.
此外, senior military leaders have said that they believe there is no role for active-duty or federalized National Guard in an election.