Things got a little too heated at one polling place in Pennsylvania on a day where the nation is coming out to vote in a very heated election.
According to the Associated Press, police say 48-year-old Christopher Thomas Queen became angry when he showed up at his Washington County polling place and learned that he was no longer registered to vote in Tuesday’s midterm election.
The Post-Gazette is reporting that the Claysville man’s registration was canceled several months ago when election officials got a notice saying he’d moved out of the area. That notification conflicts with court paperwork, though, which showed him still residing in the county.
Washington County Director of Elections Larry Spahr said the lack of voter registration upset Queen after he showed up to vote shortly after the polling place opened.
That might be an understatement.
“He said he was going to go get a gun and shoot everybody and then he was going to come up here to the elections office,” Spahr said.
After Queen stormed off, Spahr said “the sheriff came down and said, ‘Get that door locked, don’t answer it for anyone you don’t know.’”
Authorities sent out a photo of Spahr, leading to his arrest just an hour later. He was charged with disorderly conduct and for making terrorist threats.
And then there’s his mugshot…
Spahr said he’s never experienced any trouble like this before at a polling place, but “You just don’t know anymore today.”
Also in Pennsylvania, there’s been an unconfirmed report of election tampering at a polling place in Pittsburgh. A Twitter user who identifies himself at Carpe Donktum captured a video of a sign posted on the door of a polling place that reads “Vote straight Democrat.”
The video, which Donktum claims is not edited in any way, shows him entering a voting place with a Ward 19, District 9, Pittsburgh” sign on it. The next set of doors as has the “Vote straight Democrat” sign on it.
Donktum then cut to a second video of himself inside what is presumably the same polling place, confronting workers over the alleged sign.
“That’s as illegal as [expletive],” he can be heard complaining.
On Twitter, he claims a poll worker told him, “Don’t go making a fool of yourself” in response.
Take a look at the two videos below: