CALL IN THE TROOPS

Military Involved With Elections In Key Battleground States
TUCSON, AZ - JULY 11:  Members of the Kentucky National Guard 206th Engineer battalion arrive on a C-130 Hercules transport plane July 11, 2006 in Tucson, Arizona. One hundred members of the unit are here in support of Border Patrol agents maintaining the U.S./Mexican border. The two-week mission is part of President Bush's Operation Jump Start, which calls for 700 National Guard troops from around the country to help in securing the border in Arizona. The Kentucky Guard?s mission will be to build roads, fences and temporary vehicle barriers throughout the Tucson and Yuma sectors of the border.  (Photo by Gary Williams/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • With midterm elections less than a day away, National Guard cyber units have been made ready to help several states protect their election systems if necessary.
  • On Friday, according to Politico, the National Guard Bureau announced that the following states have enlisted some of the Guard’s cybersecurity units to help with the midterms: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia.
  • This move has been reported to be part of a national effort to keep elections secure, particularly in many of these battleground states where political seats are closely contested.

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