Man Claims He Was Harassed While Waiting To Vote

Voters in southern Kentucky are waiting in long lines to cast their votes, but one man in Somerset claims his wait turned violent after someone hit him in line.

Now, police are investigating.

There are 4 precincts at the Somerset mall. Poll workers say there were people waiting in line even before the doors opened at 6.

It was very busy as some had to wait in line an hour. For others, it's only been about 20 to 30 minutes and some polling places were empty about 10:30.

Will Phelps says he was in line about 8:30 Tuesday morning when the voter behind him started shouting what political party he would be voting for. When Phelps turned around, that's when he says the trouble began.

"He said, 'what are you looking at?' I thought, 'what's this character doing?,'" Phelps said. "So when I turned back around, he hit me in the back and said, 'I'm talking to you." And then when I turned around another time, he said, "go ahead, swing at me, swing at me!'"

Police are investigating the incident as harassment.

The Pulaski County clerk says no other problems have occurred about noon.


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  • by Seriously Location: Somerset on Nov 5, 2008 at 09:20 PM
    This is not even how it happened. The man touched him on the shoulder, and apologized to him. When doing so Mr. Phelps started saying assault. There was a police officer standing there talking to them, and he didn't do nothing about it. So if anything happened like what was said in this video, surely something would have been done about it right there. Seems to me like some people just want a little attention!
  • by Republican Location: KY on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    Uh,Ashamed Omaha fan,.The violence started on 9/11/01 in New York City. You want to talk violence.We have the RIGHT to be violent after THAT! Shut UP!
  • by You should be ashamed Location: Go Obama! on Nov 5, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    Comments such as this, shows why it is a good thing that the republicans are out of control in the white house. Is violence the only thing that republicans know?
  • by me Location: rite here on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    Id say if he hit you that hard I say he coudnt wake me up lol if i was a sleep
  • by Ellie on Nov 4, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    Yep an Obama supporter no doubt. Just the class of people that's for him! Obama is'nt worthy to be the President of the United States!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 at 03:55 PM
    yeah, definetly an obama supporter.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    Oh yes an obama fan for sure!! Go McCain!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    let me guess he was an Obama supporter
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    why didnt you knock the h... out of him?
  • by mj Location: lex on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    He should have hit him.

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