Attorney General Keith Ellison probes firm hiring armed guards for Minnesota polling sites


October 21, 2020

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 file photo voters line up outside of the Minneapolis early voting center as Minnesota opened early voting for the general election. Like political contests around the country, Minnesota's general election is expected to be like none other. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a record number of Minnesota's eligible voters to seek absentee ballots, and early voting has been taking place at a breakneck pace. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has launched an investigation into a Tennessee-based company that listed job postings seeking ex-soldiers to provide armed security at polling places in the state next month.

The probe, opened last week, includes a demand for information about who contracted for Atlas Aegis' services, what the security guards' exact roles would be, and what training they would have on the state's voter protection laws.

Atlas Aegis, in a job advertisement that surfaced earlier this month, recruited for "security positions in Minnesota during the November Election and beyond to protect election polls, local businesses and residences from looting and destruction." The listing noted that the jobs were exclusive to U.S. special operations forces veterans.


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