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Hilton Head woman arrested after scaring voters at a polling place Tuesday morning

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A Hilton Head Island woman was arrested at a polling place Tuesday morning after disrupting the election process, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

The 58-year-old woman was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Head Island library, which was also serving as a polling place for the midterm elections at the time.

A polling place volunteer called authorities after multiple voters said they were in fear when the woman began yelling at them while they waited in line to cast their votes, according to Capt. Bob Bromage, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the woman was standing next to voters in line and reading an alternative historical novel called “The Plot Against America” out loud, Bromage said.

A deputy asked her to read her book quietly inside the library but instead she raised her voice and said the deputy “needed to hear the truth,” Bromage said.

The woman also started pointing at children and repeating that they “needed to know all of the facts,” Bromage said.

When the deputy attempted to escort the woman out of the library, she called the deputy a “Nazi” and “not an American citizen.” She then made her body go limp and fell to the ground, according to Bromage.

For her safety, the sheriff’s office called the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue but the woman refused treatment, according to spokesperson Joheida Fister.

The woman was released from the Beaufort County Detention Center shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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