Let’s just come out and say it: 2016 has been a slow-burning dumpster fire, and the presidential election is largely responsible. But in the weeks leading up to Nov. 8, the doomsday aura surrounding American politics seems to have most overwhelmed one state in particular — Texas. Some counties there are using paper ballots; voters have blamed electronic glitches on nefarious, and unfounded, ballot-swapping schemes; and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made unsubstantiated conspiracy theories of voter fraud in Texas a talking point during some of his recent stump speeches. Now, there’s this: Somebody in the Dallas metropolitan area glued razor blades to the bottom of a Trump campaign sign this week and plunged it into the ground outside an early-voting polling place. It was left in front of the official polling site sign, according to a statement obtained by ABC affiliate WFAA-TV, blocking “vote here” directions, so a do-gooder decided to relocate it at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday.
But in the early morning darkness, he didn’t see the sharp, shiny line protruding from the sign’s edge. He lifted — and the blades sliced.
“Tampering a sign in this way … I have not seen that before,” Collin County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet told WFAA. “I’m not even sure what the motivation to do something like that would be,” he said.
The incident was reported to the Texas Ranger Division, which is investigating, Collin College spokeswoman Lisa Vasquez said in the statement. The sign was found on the college’s Spring Creek Campus in Plano, a Dallas suburb.