Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Election incidents reports full of fun
During the recount of the Spotsylvania clerk’s race, I dug through incident reports for every precinct. I was a bit surprised at the volume of glitches with the voting machines, but I wrote about that. What I didn’t write about were some of the funny and interesting tidbits in these public reports.
For example: At the Elys Ford precinct, a church did not allow campaign signs in front. The campaigner complained and filed a complaint. This happened at 10:40 a.m.
At precinct #505 on Brock Road, a voter told election officers she/he felt intimidated by poll workers’ candidates. “The co-chief announced to workers and candidates the complaint and asked them to not swarm voters.” This happened at 8:45 a.m. I have an idea whose campaign workers they were because I got swarmed there, too. I just flashed my press credentials and foamed at the mouth. They ran.
At 2:30 p.m. at the Smith Station precinct, a woman filed a complaint against workers because she saw Chik-fil-A coupons and she wanted one, but a worker told her they were for workers inside. She voted and then filled out a complaint form because she was refused a coupon.
At the Hazel Run precinct, a voter reported tripping on a political sign on the way to vote. When the voter left, he destroyed five or six of the candidate’s signs, and he threatened to sue. “Informed voter of improper action. Watched voter until he departed.”