'Voter intimidation,' clashes between Trump and Biden backers and poll watchers 'being blocked' mar Election Day
AS MILLIONS of Americans hit the polls, "voter intimidation," clashes between Donald Trump and Joe Biden supporters, and poll watchers "being blocked" marred Election Day.
Pictures and video show scenes as people cast their votes with a countdown to the polls closing.
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The National WWI Museum in Kansas City, Missouri shared a picture on Tuesday morning revealing the building was vandalized with messages telling people not to vote.
The WWI museum, which also doubles as a polling site, dubbed the incident attempted "voter intimidation."
The red paint graffiti read "FIGHT FOR REVOLUTION" and "DON'T VOTE."
"This morning our stonework was defaced. We are proud to be a polling location & condemn this attempt at voter intimidation," the museum wrote.
"Our democracy is something that generations of veterans, including those in WWI, have fought to defend.
"We hope you’ll vote today & make your voice heard."
Hours later, the WWI museum shared video of workers washing away the red paint.
"Thank you to Steve Haith (of DSG Industrial Cleaning Systems) and folks at Concrete & Masonry Restoration for coming by so quickly to assess the damage and work to wash the paint off," the museum tweeted.
"They are our heroes today as we work tirelessly to make this a welcoming polling location. VOTE!"
In the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City, video posted to Twitter showed a pro-Trump father-son duo clashing with Joe Biden supporters and other voters outside a poll site.
The father, identified by the New York Post as Eric Nocera, even threatened to put a man "in the hospital" as the duo threatened voters.
Nocera's son claims a man gave him the middle finger while standing in line.
The son told the man to "Go cast your ballot" before his father stepped in and told the man to “go get some Vagisil."
“Vagisil for your vagina. Go get some! ‘Cause I know it’s itchy and it’s hurting,” Nocera told the man.
The man responded: "Oh, you wanna grab my p***y, is that what you’re saying? Come grab my p***y. Come grab my f**king p***y, you punk-a** b***h.”
Nocera responded: "Little gay boy, go away."
He then told his son to “Leave this cuck alone.”
The term "cuck" refers to a wing from right-wing voters who call their political opponents "cuckolds."
One video showed a woman telling police she heard Nocera threaten physical violence – to which a cop assured no one would get hurt.
Kathy Park Price, who shared video of the incidents online, told The Post that Nocera was “threatening physical violence.”
Nocera told The Post the altercations began when voters cursed at him and his son after seeing his truck had Trump flags.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Commissioners are investigating after a Republican poll watcher was reportedly kicked out of a poll site.
Human Events editor-in-chief Will Chamberlain shared video on Twitter that showed poll watcher Gary Feldman being denied to enter the site by a worker – even though he said he had a certificate.
"You're not letting me in?" Feldman asked.
A poll worker then told Feldman "No," and said he could "call the police."
"I have a citywide watcher's certificate," Feldman said.
"It's not for this poll station," a female poll worker responded.
Feldman's watcher certificate, shared by Chamberlain, states it "authorizes the individual to watch in any ward/division in Philadelphia."
"Each candidate is entitled to two Watchers per Division in their District, but no Candidate or Party shall be represented by more than one Watcher in the same voting room at any time," the certificate states.
The Philadelphia City Commissioners responded to the video posted by Chamberlain on Twitter, asking for more info on the incident.
"Can you please DM us more details such as location? We will investigate this. Need Ward and division. Thank you," the Commissioners tweeted.
Buzzfeed reporter Jane Lyytvynenko tweeted that she spoke with a spokesperson from the commissioner's office, and that the poll worker misinterpreted the law.
The spokesperson told Buzzfeed it was "an honest mistake."
"He told me the worker was going off a law that previously assigned watchers to wards," Lytvynenko tweeted.
Also across the country, various poll sites have seen intermittent problems with voting machines as some areas saw long lines.
In Ozark, Missouri, voters temporarily had to sign their names in a notebook when a glitch hit electronic polling pads, Christian County Clerk Kay Brown told KY3.
Election officials went precinct-to-precinct to resolve the glitch.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose's office tweeted on Tuesday morning that there was a problem with an electronic check-in system on Election Day.
"This morning we learned that the Franklin County Board of Elections was not able to upload all early in-person voting data into their electronic check-in system.
"Because of this, they are shifting to paper pollbooks to check-in voters today," the Secretary of State's communications team tweeted.
In a separate tweet, the communications team assured: "Secretary LaRose directed every board of elections to have paper pollbooks as a contingency plan to ensure the integrity of the system and so no voter may vote twice.
"It will not impact the security or accuracy of today’s vote."
In Florida, the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections said a polling site at a school was shut down temporarily after a school was placed on lockdown.
Discovery Intermediate School was placed on lockdown while cops served a search warrant, police told WFTV.
The Supervisor of Elections said in a series of tweets that people would need to come to the Elections Office to vote by mail, and that voters assigned to the school should "go to the Gym and Aquatic Center to vote a provisional ballot."
Shortly thereafter, the SOE tweeted that the lockdown had been lifted.
"Voting will proceed as normal," the SOE said.
Dallas, Texas resident Matt Jacob tweeted that election machines in his precinct were malfunctioning.
"Glad I got up early and in line before 7a vote at precinct 2047 … but I didn’t expect ALL of the voting machines to be malfunctioning! What’s up,
@DallasElections?!?" Jacob tweeted.
Jacob later added another tweet, saying: "I was able to vote."
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