Attorney General Ellison wins assurance Atlas Aegis will not recruit or provide private security for Minnesota elections

Tennessee-based company admits statements it was recruiting private security for polling places are incorrect; agrees not to provide any security services in Minnesota around November 3 election

October 23, 2020 (SAINT PAUL) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced today that his office has won a written assurance from Tennessee-based security company Atlas Aegis that it is not recruiting and will not recruit or provide private security at or near polling places in Minnesota in conjunction with the November 3 election. The company admits that its statements that it was doing so are incorrect. Attorney General Ellison announced on October 20 that his office had launched an investigation into Atlas Aegis

As part of the settlement, Atlas Aegis agrees not to provide any security services in Minnesota around the November 3 election; not to intimidate any voters in Minnesota; and to communicate through its channels that it was wrong to suggest it was recruiting security for “protection of election polls” in Minnesota. 

“Minnesotans should expect that our elections will run as safely, smoothly, and securely as they always have. One of the reasons is that my office and our partners are actively enforcing our laws against threatening, frightening, or intimidating voters,” Attorney General Ellison said. “I’m holding Atlas Aegis to account for their misstatements about recruiting security for polling places in Minnesota that potentially frightened Minnesota voters. They won’t be doing it again and will not be anywhere in Minnesota before, during, or after Election Day.” 

“Minnesota and federal law are clear: it is strictly illegal to intimidate or interfere with voters. I want to make it crystal clear to anyone who is even thinking about intimidating voters that I will not hesitate to enforce the laws against it to the fullest extent,” Attorney General Ellison concluded. 

Atlas Aegis was never asked to provide election security 

In an Assurance of Discontinuance filed today in Ramsey County District Court, Atlas Aegis admits the following:  

Atlas Aegis acknowledges its statements were incorrect 

Atlas Aegis additionally admits the following: 

Atlas Aegis will not provide security in Minnesota around November 3 elections, will not intimidate voters, will retract misstatements 

Atlas Aegis agrees to the following terms of the Assurance of Discontinuance:  

If Atlas Aegis violates the Assurance of Discontinuance, it is liable for a $50,000 penalty. 

State law prohibits voter intimidation, private armed forces 

As a reminder, a variety of state and federal laws, along with the Minnesota Constitution, prohibit intimidating or interfering with voters and operating private armed forces in Minnesota. They include, but are not limited to: 

Prohibiting voter intimidation or interference  

Prohibiting operation or activities of private armed forces