November 6, 2018 marked the time for midterm elections throughout the country. As millions of Americans visited different polling stations, some were met with disturbing reminders of the current divisive political atmosphere. Several suspects were taken into police custody in various states for disturbing the peace or otherwise interfering with the elections.
One suspect was arrested in Arizona for filming individuals coming out of the polling area. The suspect, 37-year-old Brad Luebke, was also wielding a BB gun. He stood outside of the Desert Springs Community Church and refused to cooperate when he was asked to stop taking video and leave. The Police were called out, and Luebke was slapped with three counts of disorderly conduct.
Another disturbance occurred at polling areas in Hilton Head. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded at around 11:30 A.M. when concerned voters informed them about a 58-year-old woman screaming at other voters at the Hilton Head Island library. When authorities arrived, the woman was reading “The Plot Against America” out lout to people waiting in line to vote. She called the deputies “Nazis” before fainting.
In yet another incident, a suspect was charged with making terroristic threats against voting volunteers in Pennsylvania. The suspect, 48-year-old Christopher Queen, arrived at a Washington County voting area at about 9 A.M. He became irate when he was told wasn’t registered to vote at the polling area. He reportedly told the polling area’s employees that he was going to get a gun, come back and shoot them.
Local law enforcement agencies around the country contained all threats and disturbances. There were no reported injuries at any of the voting areas.