Mini-Tuesday 2020: Michigan woman rams car into polling station, says she'll return to vote
Voters and election officials in Michigan’s Coloma Township were in for a shock when a woman rammed her vehicle into the town hall where ballots were being cast for the presidential primary on Tuesday, March 10, according to the state-based WILX. There were around 25 people inside the building when the incident happened. No injury was reported.
The accident though did not disrupt the election procedure for long, as the site was secured and repaired, with the polling resuming soon after. The driver’s identity was not immediately revealed but she said she needed to talk with her insurance provider after which she would return to cast her ballot.
Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden won Michigan to continue with his momentum.
Michigan Department of State Director of Communications Michael Doyle told Newsweek: “There was an accident and there were no significant injuries. The local precinct, local clerk, county clerk, and local and county first responders all handled the situation with poise and professionalism, and voting resumed at the precinct after a short period of time."
Coloma Township Police Department said on its Facebook page: “Buildings and cars can be repaired and thankfully that was all that needed repair today. By nothing short of a miracle no one was injured today at the Coloma Township Hall.”
“Kudos to our election workers today for remaining calm and cool and carrying on,” added the statement.
Michigan was the biggest prize on Mini-Tuesday with 125 delegates at stake. Biden’s win over the state could catapult him to a decisive position in the race against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, his main opponent. Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the only woman left in the race, was a distant third with less than 1%.
Michigan’s final results might be delayed till Wednesday, March 11, because of a high number of absentee delegates.