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Gov. DeSantis Puts National Guard On Standby Ahead of Possible Election Issues

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Members of the National Guard line up before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at C.B. Smith Park Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The park will be used for a drive thru COVID-19 testing facility. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

With Florida being a battleground state in Tuesday’s highly awaited presidential election, state officials are preparing for possible unrest.

Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina says there is fake messaging going around warning people to board up their businesses because Antifa is checking in to Miami hotels, but he stresses it’s not credible.

Secretary of State Laurel Lee has announced that Gov. Ron DeSantis has asked the Florida National Guard to remain on standby as results are announced.

“It is our understanding that, at the direction of the governor and out of an abundance of caution, the Florida National Guard is activating a number of soldiers who will be available to assist the state, standing by to assist local law enforcement and their communities as needed,” she explained.

The secretary of state added that there have not been reports of major issues across the state during Election Day.

In addition, Florida officials are on alert for any misinformation or security issues around the election.

Lee cautions, “Do not believe everything you read or see on social media,” adding, “Accurate information regarding elections, precinct location and voting is with your supervisor of elections.”