Altoona (WQOW) – On Friday, Governor Scott Walker took an unusual step of activating the Wisconsin National Guard on Election Day.
Walker’s executive order gives the Guard the ability to “provide essential services to the Wisconsin Elections Commission”. Walker’s office said the order allows the National Guard’s cybersecurity team to help the commission if requested. The National Guard would only act if the bipartisan State Elections Commission request its help.
“We don’t have any evidence that there’s any sort of a of a cyber threat but our Adjutant General approached me and he said talking to this team I’d like to have them on call and ready to do that, I have to issue an executive order,” Walker told News 18 during a stop in Altoona. “In fact, that just make sense. It’s a good precaution particularly in light of all the discussions over the last few years about cyber attacks in the past. We’d rather be proactive then have nothing happen than the other way around,” said Walker.
The midterm elections are Tuesday, and more poll workers have been assigned across the Chippewa Valley.