Voter in Cuyahoga County says he was bitten on the nose by poll worker

Man says he got involved in fight over signs

CLEVELAND - A voter in Cuyahoga County told NewsChannel5 he was bitten in the nose by an Election Day rover.

The alleged physical assault happened at the polling location outside Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church on Memphis Avenue in Cleveland Tuesday afternoon.

The victim, Greg Flanagan, went to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. He called NewsChannel5 as he was leaving the hospital to go home. It was not immediately clear if Flanagan got the opportunity to vote.

Flanagan said the incident started when he saw a man arguing with a woman about signs she had outside the polling location. The man was claiming the woman's signs were too close, and Flanagan said the situation was combative. He said he stepped in to try to help the woman.

According to the police report, Flanagan said, "Measure the distance if you are concerned, and don't be an ass."

The poll worker then asked, "What did you say?"

"Don't be an ass," Flanagan replied, as stated in the report.

"This is when the named suspect grabbed the victim around the neck, head butted him in between the eyes, then pulled his head close to him and tried to bite his nose off. Victim believes more happened, but could not remember," the report said.

Police have not made an arrest yet.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections confirmed that something did happen, but did not provide specifics.

One of a rover's duties is to travel to various polling locations throughout Cuyahoga County to assess and assist with problems relating to the election process, according to the Board of Elections website.

The board's website lists the top personal characteristic of an election day rover as the ability "to perform in a professional manner under stress when confronted with tight deadlines."

Keep checking for updates on this developing story.

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