YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MI – A man shoved a woman at a Michigan polling location after voters got into an argument about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, police said.
Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Moose Lodge, 5506 Stony Creek Road in Ypsilanti Township, for a report of an altercation. The lodge is serving as an election voting site.
Two women who had already voted got into a heated argument about the presidential candidates in the parking lot, said Derrick Jackson, sheriff’s office director of community engagement.
A man interjected himself into the argument and shoved one of the women, Jackson said. Several other people got involved and were yelling and arguing.
No one was arrested and no one was injured, he said.
Police took names and statements about the incident, and the sheriff’s office will send a report to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, Jackson said.
David Irvin, an Ypsilanti Township resident, didn’t see the physical altercation, but caught the aftermath on video.
Video shows aftermath of argument at Ypsilanti Township polling place
He was volunteering in the parking lot and helping to direct traffic when he saw the commotion. A woman was angry and kept spitting on people, he said.
A video shows a group of five or six people arguing about blocking traffic, and one woman saying, “Get the police here.”
A few people started chanting “black lives matter,” Irvin said.
“It got out of hand,” Irvin said. “I thought it was really rather embarrassing.”
The Moose Lodge is the polling location for Ypsilanti Township’s precincts 13 and 15.