A tent being used as a polling place for “non-masked voting” in New Hampshire collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, injuring one election worker.
The military-style big top — designated for voters who wanted to cast their ballots without wearing a mask — blew over amid strong winds in Bedford, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.
“If anyone has seen ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and Dorothy and Toto and everything else, or ‘Twister,’ yes, unfortunately, we did have an incident,” said Bill Klein, town moderator in Bedford.
The tent, which was set up outside Bedford High School, was being held down by bags of water — and went airborne when the liquid leaked out, Klein told the newspaper.
“All of a sudden, once that water leaked out, the tent went up,” he said.
While no one was inside the structure at the time, a 72-year-old poll worker sustained a cut to the face in the incident, according to The Washington Post.
Masks had been required for those seeking to vote inside the school’s gymnasium, in accordance with CDC recommendations to protect against the coronavirus.
The maskless voting location was moved to a room inside the school that was “safely separated” from ballot-casters with face coverings, election officials said.
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