Ohio Election Worker Bites Voter's Nose

Cops seeking Cleveland poll monitor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2011 1:21 AM CST
Updated Nov 9, 2011 6:49 AM CST
"This is absolutely unacceptable behavior that we do not tolerate," Cuyahoga County elections director Jane Platten said.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – Cops in Cleveland are looking for a rogue poll monitor who attacked a voter who attempted to intervene in a dispute with a campaign worker. The poll supervisor "was trying to intimidate a woman who was less than 5 feet tall and he's probably 6 feet," said voter Dennis Flanagan, who ended up in a local hospital with a bitten nose after telling the election worker not to "be an ass" about the placing of campaign signs. "He head-butted me. He bit my nose. He tried to bite it off," Flanagan says.

The alleged nose-biter was part of a team of troubleshooters assigned to monitor several voting locations. The team is made up of a mix of Democrats, Republicans, and independent voters; the man police are looking for is an independent. Election officials say that disputes about the boundary campaign workers can't cross to place signs or pass out literature are common, but add that violence will not be tolerated. "This is the most heinous act I've ever seen on election day," a city councilman tells the Plain Dealer.

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