Over the past year and a half, this election season has grown heated and sometimes violent. That was the case in Plano, Texas where a Trump-Pence presidential sign at a polling place was lined with razor blades. The sign was used to cover the polling site’s sign, and someone ended up getting hurt. A volunteer at the Collin County College precinct in Plano went to remove the sign, as campaign laws dictate signs can’t be within 100 feet of a polling place. The volunteer then cut themselves trying to pick up the sign.
Steve Spainhouer, the democratic chair in Collin County Precinct 122, told the Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate this is the worst campaign related crime he’s witnessed in 16 years and can’t believe how bad the election has gotten:
“It’s terrible we’ve become so polarized in our politics. I think it’s deplorable it just shows how far we’ve come in politics where people want to be so mean, so hateful to try and injure somebody who’s probably got no political party persuasion one way or another and is just working at a poll.”
As the election is right around the corner, campaign-related crimes seem to be ramping up. On Wednesday, a black church in Mississippi was burned down and then “Vote Trump” was spraypainted on the side. That incident is now being investigated as a hate crime and an example of how contentious the election has become.
(Via CBS Dallas-Fort Worth)