Threat at Cleveland polling place was ‘miscommunication,’ board of elections says

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CLEVELAND-- An alleged threat at a Cleveland polling place on Tuesday was a miscommunication, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says.

The board of elections received a tip around 10:05 a.m. from an anonymous caller. Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said the caller claimed a man at Bethany Baptist Church became angry after he was told he was at the wrong precinct and threatened to return with a weapon.

Sheriff's department detectives and the impact unit investigated the threat.

"Upon further investigation by law enforcement officers who interviewed witnesses, they could not substantiate this claim and they tell us that it appears that there was some miscommunication and second hand information among our poll workers and observers that led to this complaint," said Mike West with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Bethany Baptist Church, located at East 105th Street and Hampden Avenue, remained open as a polling place without interruption, Madigan said.


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