Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will support state election workers in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, the office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said Thursday.
Some law enforcement officials have expressed concern that the election between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden may be surrounded by some forms of unrest. While some units of the National Guard are preparing for demonstrations, others will focus on maintaining cyber security and ensuring that the election process runs smoothly.
In a press release sent to Tekk.tv on Thursday, the office of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said that about 400 members of the Wisconsin State National Guard will act as election workers. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Wisconsin has suffered from a shortage of election workers, many of whom are elderly people.
“As Wisconsin faces an urgent crisis with more than 200,000 positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the state,” said Evers, “the assistance of the National Guard is needed to ensure that Election Day runs smoothly and that voters and election workers alike receive the support they need.
It is expected that members of the National Guard in Kentucky will also be deployed at polling stations to support the election workers.
It is also expected that cyber security specialists will be on guard against hacking computerized voting systems in some states, including Colorado. In October, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order requiring ten members of the Colorado National Guard Defensive Cyber Operations Element to prevent voters’ personal information from being compromised by “cyber actors.
Delaware will also deploy 20 members of the state’s Cyberspace Operations Squadron to assist Delaware officials in developing plans to protect against voter database hacking, according to an October order issued by Governor John Carney.
The states of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington are also expected to deploy members of the National Guard to increase the security of their electoral systems.
In the event of civil unrest, the National Guard of Alabama is expected to send units to the eastern region of the United States. In a statement published in the Military Times on Tuesday, the National Guard of Alabama said that the members selected for this task “will work in a supportive role in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.
In Texas, National Guard troops are expected to be sent to Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio before election day. During a press conference on Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that the Texas National Guard “will have sufficient personnel to ensure that we will be able to respond to any protest that may lead to riots after the election is over”. Abbott declined to disclose the number of troops that will be deployed throughout the state.
A final vote count can only be made days after the official conclusion of the elections. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania allowed the counting of ballots received by mail after election day. Pennsylvania voting officials may count ballots received by November 6. North Carolina received a 9-day extension to its postal vote deadline.