The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are preparing to respond to civil unrest on Election Night, and any disruptions to voting that may occur.
“The Department of Justice takes election security and integrity seriously, and this year is no exception,” said Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman.
Officials “are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners so everyone involved with safe-guarding the election has the information and resources necessary to respond in a timely manner to any violations that may arise,” an FBI statement read.
“Of course our preparations for 2020 take into account the current climate of the country. As always, the FBI has a responsibility to plan for a host of potential scenarios,” the statement added.
The DOJ is planning to station officials at a “command center” in FBI headquarters at the J Edgar Hoover building on Election Night. Individuals at the command center will monitor accounts of high profile incidents and news accounts for signs of unrest. Personnel stationed there will include civil rights, as well as national security experts.
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