This has happened amid labor strikes and conflicts with Native Americans and to enforce school desegregation. National Guard units can be mobilized at any time by presidential order to supplement regular armed forces, and upon declaration of a state of emergency by the governor of the state in which they serve. A Florida National Guards spokesperson said the deployment was made ‘out of an abundance of caution.’. If he did, legal scholars and historians said it would be highly unusual. Communities are bracing for protest regardless of the election’s outcome. However, since 11 September 2001there have been a significant number of indi… But just a few months ago, the president signaled he was willing to use the Insurrection Act to send in federal troops amid widespread protests over abusive policing. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency for the Portland area, citing concern for potential violence surrounding the election. States are already on alert for violence. Publisher: Peter Schorsch Members of the D.C. National Guard have been spotted in several parts of the city amid the protests and incidents of looting in recent days, with troops seen guarding monuments on the National Mall. In both states, the troops helping out are wearing civilian clothes so that voters will not be alarmed by seeing camouflage uniforms at the polls. This year has brought a barrage of emergencies across the country that have required the National Guard — the coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires and a wave of street protests. The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 fax. Those militias in 1903 were organized as the National Guard but still remain under the control of governors unless they are federalized for a national emergency. Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. But, he said, “there’s a very fine line between protection and intimidation. National Guard Readies for Election Day Deployment. Legal experts say the election may complicate the response because the president has broad discretion to sidestep legal restrictions by declaring an insurrection, which would allow him not only to take control of state National Guard troops, but also to deploy the Army or Marines. While the Army National Guard provides almost half of the Army’s combat units, the National guard also contains communications engineer, logistics, military police, signal, and other combat support organizations capable of deploying to military operations around the globe. New Jersey and Wisconsin have both called up hundreds of citizen soldiers and airmen to work the elections. Because guardsmen were temporarily reassigned, 10 testing sites were closed the Monday. Federal troops have not been used to guard against election violence since the years after the Civil War when the Army was stationed across the South to put down the Ku Klux Klan and protect Black voters, said Joshua Kastenberg, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and military judge who teaches military law at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Those troops are doing cybersecurity and routine election tasks like opening mail-in ballots. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 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Governors have mobilized Guard forces frequently in recent months to respond to protests over violent policing, as well as hurricanes and wildfires. “The law is so broadly written that the president gets to decide what’s an insurrection, and there is not much local authorities or anyone else can do to stop it,” said Rachel VanLandingham, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who now teaches national security law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182 Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes. The mayor has previously called reported inquiries from federal officials about temporarily taking hold of the city police department an "affront to even our limited home rule.". Now those troops are preparing in case they are needed once again, this time for potential violent unrest in the wake of the election. The Governor’s Office confirmed the deployment and the Florida National Guard confirmed that guardsmen were deployed to several locations. Biden, a lifelong Catholic, receives congratulations from Pope Francis. Governors long relied on state militias when local authorities were overwhelmed. Gov. The Florida National Guard also has remained active during hurricane season, responding to multiple storms that have hit the Panhandle in recent months. But Guard spokeswoman Lt. Col. Caitlin Brown would not elaborate for “operational security concerns.”. Under the plans, the Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff will take over management of public safety in the city, and Governor Brown said she has directed the National Guard to have members trained in crowd control to be on standby. Hundreds of National Guard troops already have been called up in non-law-enforcement roles, to assist states where the ranks of poll workers have been depleted by the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump has not indicated he will deploy troops after the election. The Insurrection Act could complicate the response to civil unrest, Ms. VanLandingham said, because mayors and governors have no say in what is classified as insurrection, so troops could be sent in even if local authorities do not think they are needed. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis proposing 'anti-mob' legislation to expand Florida's 'stand your ground' law America deserves a raise: Why Biden should prioritize a minimum wage Florida passes 850k coronavirus cases MORE (R) said Wednesday that he’s sending 500 of his state’s National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., to aid in responding to protests. So any activity that is designed to intimidate voters or suppress voting violates federal election laws.”. Some governors have put troops on standby this week for the election, including Gov. Ron DeSantis has deployed the Florida National Guard to several locations across the state on Election Day for local law enforcement purposes. Required fields are marked *. Shoot Renzo an email at and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney. And in Oregon, Gov. Phone: (727) 642-3162 Your email address will not be published. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, guardsmen have operated testing sites, where people can now be tested for free. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. “We think that it was a potentially very dangerous scare tactic that was meant to intimidate D.C. residents and it was wholly inappropriate in an urban setting," Bowser said of the military helicopters. Governors have put troops on standby in anticipation of election-related unrest. Under federal law, it is the Guard, not active-duty military, that can enforce order on domestic soil. “At the direction of Gov. But in a year that is anything but normal, with the electorate sharply polarized, the president warning supporters of a stolen election, and gun sales through the roof, states are bracing for violence that may overwhelm local law enforcement and bring uniformed military troops into the streets. As of last week 10 states had activated the National Guard to help with election tasks and 14 more are expected to activate troops this week. Or, put another way, national guardsmen do not hand out ballots. Your email address will not be published. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to be on standby in … The D.C. National Guard has asked for an investigation into one aircraft using a "low-flying maneuver" to target protesters. No, there is not a lot of good evidence behind the Trump suits. Ron DeSantis, and out of an abundance of caution, the Florida National Guard is activating a number of soldiers who will be pre-positioned in several locations across the state, standing by to assist local law enforcement and their communities as needed,” Brown said. Florida Primary Election Results – August 30, 2016, Judges qualify for merit-retention election, Gov. In previous nights, law enforcement deployed pepper balls and rubber bullets while seeking to quell demonstrations in the city. How did wind power just become America's biggest renewable energy. States are already on alert for violence. “A president could issue a ridiculous insurrection proclamation or violate the Posse Comitatus Act, and the people would have very little recourse,” he said. The governor made the announcement at a Universal Orlando Resort, which is set to open Friday. In June, during the height of the protests, about 86,000 Guard troops were deployed in domestic missions.