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November 6, 2012

Somerset police break up political fight as voting begins across the region

Voting brisk across the region

SOMERSET — Over the weekend, a 30-year-old Somerset County man was arrested for simple assault after he and a 16-year-old girl got into an argument over politics.

According to a police report, the two were sitting on a porch along Franklin Avenue in the borough on Sunday when a verbal argument broke out. After some heated words, the man threw food in the teen’s face and she retaliated by throwing ice water at him.

Pushing and shoving ensured until police arrived and broke up the fight.

Although that may have been an extreme example, voters appear to be engaged in the process this year as they go to the polls today to pick a president and new Congress.  

Voting at local precincts was brisk this morning as voting began at 7 a.m.

By 7:18 a.m., 18 people had voted at the Cambria County Christian School in Mundy Corner. One of three voting machines was not working properly so workers made a call to the election officer and were promised someone would show up to fix it.

While no one asked for identification at the precinct, at Shanksville a sign was posted reading: Have Your Photo ID Ready.

A caller to the newspaper was angered by the sign and said she refused to give her ID. She was allowed to vote, but said she felt the sign was misleading.

Two Richland township precincts also reported a brisk turnout this morning.

By 10 a.m., 159 of the 699 registered voters had cast ballots at Richland No. 6.

At Richland No. 2, 107 of 471 voters had cast ballots by midmorning.

“We’re doing very well. It’s very good,” one precinct official said.

Both precincts vote at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.


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