SLASHER SHTICK: Knife wielding maniac tried to halt voting in Wisconsin
A Wisconsin man was arrested on Tuesday after threatening a West Bend library to “stop the voting.” Armed with a knife, a 38-year-old man entered the polling place, demanding election workers shut down democracy.
Police were called to the West Bend Community Memorial Library a little after noon on election day.
Voters and children were sequestered in a closed-door voting room during the incident. Insider reports.
A man armed with a knife was arrested after he showed up at a Wisconsin polling station and demanded election workers shut down the vote, local police said on Tuesday.
Staff at the West Bend Community Memorial Library called police at around 12:35 p.m. local time saying an armed man had shown up and ordered staff to “stop the voting,” the city of West Bend’s police department said in a statement.
Wisconsin is a battleground state, but Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who won reelection in a nail biter race against MAGA candidate Tim Michels, received terrifying death threats from Michael Yaker, who called the incumbent a “dead man walking.”
Republican Senator “Russian” Ron Johnson, who canceled his victory speech last night, is in a too close to call battle with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (D), for one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats.
Heavy turnout was reported by precincts statewide. Greenbay City Clerk Celestine Jeffreys told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “In terms of a midterm election, turnout has been very high.”
And according to Executive Director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, Claire Woodall-Vogg, turnout was expected to be about 70% – 75% of registered voters.
Voting in Kenosha – where MAGA darling Kyle Rittenhouse killed two people and injured another during social justice protests decrying the police shooting of Jacob Blake seven times in the back – was disrupted when members of the NAACP and a LatinX rights group were ejected from the city’s Civil War Museum. Darryl Morin, president of Forward Latino, was called to the polling site after legally registered college students were told they couldn’t vote.
Morin said his organization was called to the site, at Kenosha’s Civil War Museum, after a group of at least three students from Carthage College were initially told they could not vote and their names were not on the rolls, when in fact they were , Morin said.
A second incident involved another group of six students – five of them white and another Latino – entering the location at the same time. Morin said the Latino student was the only one asked where he was from and why he was voting there.
The Justice Department ordered election monitors in Milwaukee and Racine – two of the 64 jurisdictions federal officials will be keeping an eye on to ensure compliance with the country’s voting rights laws.
As far as the West Bend Library, local law enforcement officials managed to secure the facility.
All library staff, election officials, and citizens are safe and the polling site is reopened,” West Bend police said, adding that they would like to thank the library staff for taking quick action and voters who waited patiently to vote.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Here’s a post from the local PD:
Original reporting by the CBS 58 Newsroom.
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