While most voters cast their ballots today with little fanfare, some others struggled.
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Perhaps the biggest disruption turned out to be much ado about little. A voter at Bethany Baptist Church on East 105th Street became irate after being told he was in the wrong polling place. Some words were exchanged and after the man left, reports surfaced that the man threatened to return with a gun.
That happened about 10 a.m. By late afternoon, Cuyahoga County election officials debunked the story.
“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, a spokesman for the elections board.
Elsewhere in Cuyahoga County, a woman was turned away after she tried to use her passport for identification.
One person tweeted: "millennial voters in line ahead of me brought passports as identification & turned away. Don't drive so no licenses. Now what?"
Cameron Gorman of the WKYC Verify Team contacted the American Civil Liberties Union. A spokesperson said passports are not considered proper identification. However, voters should be giving a provisional ballot, which would allow the citizen to vote and have their address confirmed later.
At Lincoln-West High School on Cleveland's West Side, a woman with multiple sclerosis told WKYC's Drew Horansky that she sought the help of poll workers and wound up having her ballot scanned without her entering any choices. A worker for the Cuyahoga County elections board was investigating.