A black glove found mysteriously placed over a camera at a Tiger Point polling station during Tuesday’s general election has caused a stir, but election officials assure voters it was a legitimate action.
A voter expressed concern about the glove-covered camera to the supervisor of the Santa Rosa County Office of Elections and a Tweet sent to U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, Gov. Ron DeSantis and local government officials quickly gained momentum .
“What is the glove covering the camara (sic) at the Tiger Point polling place?” the message accompanying the photos of the glove, above the door from inside a polling station, said.
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Election Supervisor Tappie Villane quickly debunked all the conspiracy theories.
State law requires that no cameras be allowed inside polling places, Villane said, so his office requested that the county’s building maintenance department send someone to the community center in Tiger Point to cover up any security cameras they found inside the part of the building used to vote. .
“We asked the county to cover them and that’s (the glove), I guess, they covered them,” she said.
The state law cited by Villane is 102.031(5). “No photography is permitted in the voting room or early voting area, except that a voter may photograph their own ballot,” it says.
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But why the black glove?
“That’s exactly what they had to cover the camera,” Santa Rosa spokeswoman Sarah Whitfield said after consulting with building maintenance staff.
The Tiger Point Community Center is the only polling place in Santa Rosa County with security cameras.