메릴랜드 주 유권자는 투표소에서 마스크 착용 거부 후 체포

메릴랜드 주 유권자는 투표소에서 마스크 착용 거부 후 체포

Police in 메릴랜드 said they arrested a man who refused to 마스크를 쓰다 at an early voting site in Jarrettsville Tuesday, accusing him of trespassing and saying therewere no other options.

Deputies assigned to the Northern Precinct were called to the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company after election officials say they asked two men, who were not wearing masks to protect against spreading 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19, to move to an area designated for maskless voters but they refused.

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Election officials asked the two men to leave the location, but they again resisted and were subsequently considered trespassers, the Harford County Sherriff’s Office said in a 성명서.

Polling places are under the supervision and purview of the of the Board of Elections, and as such, an Election Judge can opt to remove a person from the polling place,” 경찰은 말했다.

정부. Larry Hogan issued a state of emergency in March mandating masks be worn in public, but the Harford County Board of Elections had set up a specific area for voters who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask while exercising their right to vote.

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Deputies tried to resolve the situation for nearly 30 의사록, and one of the men eventually left the site, 다른 동안, Daniel Swain, 52, continued to resist officers.

When it was clear there were no other options, 씨. Swain was placed under arrest for the trespassing violation and the Office of the Harford County State’s Attorney was contacted and advised to charge Mr. Swain for a violation of the Governor’s orders in addition to the trespassing charge,” 경찰은 말했다.

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The sheriff’s office said Sheriff Jeffrey Gahlerhas been very clear that deputies would handle reported mask violations through education and would not be making arrests or issuing criminal citations solely for refusing to follow the Governors’ order on wearing masks.

“하나; if a private property owner, store manager, or in this case, Election Official needed assistance in having a person vacate a premise, we would enforce a trespassing violation,” the office added.

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아직도, authorities said that despite his arrest, Swain was not banned from the polling location and will still be allowed to cast his ballot.

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