BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The unusual campaign season has had yet another recent development just days before the general election.
Federal agents and state and local police are being told by Homeland Security that there could be a plot involving al Qaeda terrorists. Potential targets include New York, Virginia and Texas. Some reports also indicate that there could be "lone wolf attacks" at other polling places.
"My understanding is our intelligence community is picking up chatter that might suggest the same thing," said Bernie Tolbert, a former FBI Buffalo Supervisor. "...but nothing specific, nothing they can articulate to say there's gonna be something at this place and this time but you hear a lot of talk."
Joint terrorism task forces have been notified in states where reports -- not all with high credibility -- have indicated that there may be terrorist plots.
The New York Police Department is strengthening its forces for when both candidates will be in the city on election night.
Tolbert said all this comes as no surprise to him.
"Given this election , which is not the typical election, I think obviously it gets more attention," he said. "And for a terrorist, their whole idea is to get as much attention as they can. So it's quite natural that they might potentially target our election."
Homeland Security and the military are also preparing for possible cyber attacks that could disrupt voting, power systems, and on-line services according to NBC News.
Despite concerns, Tolbert said these reports should not discourage people from voting.
"Absolutely go out and vote," he said. "I mean, if you don't go out and vote because of something like this, they win. They've done exactly what they they want to do. So you should go out and live life as you normally would, do the things you normally would do. Just as I always say, if you see something that seems strange, tell the professionals. Let them figure out if there's anything to it."