LOUISVILLE, Ky. (The Hill) — A man was arrested at a polling location in Louisville Tuesday for allegedly making threatening gestures towards voters, damaging a voting machine and intimidating at least one person from voting, according to police.
Officials said the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) arrested 40-year-old Jacen Cockerell at the Molly Leonard Portland Community Center polling location after responding to a report of a disorderly person at approximately 9:17 a.m.
Cockerell was charged with two counts of “menacing,” one count of “tampering, destruction of a voting machine,” and one count of “interfering with election,” police said.
When authorities arrived at the polling location, they learned Cockerell had reportedly been “wielding a flag attached to a fishing pole” and making “threatening gestures towards voters.” In addition, Cockerell’s alleged actions prevented at least one person from voting, according to police.
Cockerell was also accused of damaging a voting machine “by ripping off the printer attached to the machine,” officials stated.
“LMPD is passionately committed to ensuring everyone’s right to vote is constitutionally protected,” the department said in a statement.
Kentucky voters were deciding the fates of several statewide offices on Tuesday, including a closely watched race for governor.