NH voter allegedly punched poll worker trying to release blocked ballot
The 52-year-old was arrested after nosebleeding election worker Raymond.
A New Hampshire voter is facing charges after she allegedly assaulted an election official who tried to help her dislodge her jammed ballot, officials say.
Tina Thomas, 52, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with common assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly punching poll worker and acting municipal moderator Jonathan Wood at the polling center in the town of Raymond, WMUR reported.
Thomas was reportedly agitated when an Iber Holmes Gove college voting machine repeatedly rejected his ballot. Seemingly frustrated, Thomas folded the ballot and pushed it into the machine, causing it to malfunction, according to the news station.
When Wood tried to remove the jammed ballot, Thomas allegedly punched him in the face, causing a nosebleed, officials say. The polling center police intervened and took Thomas into custody.
Wood told the outlet that he started helping voters cast their ballot again shortly after the incident.
Thomas was released on bail. WMUR reported that the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Election Law Unit is still investigating the incident with local police.
A study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that 17% of poll workers personally faced threats in 2022, while 77% of poll workers said they felt threats against them had increased in recent years.
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