Voting briefly halted after person reports bomb at York County precinct

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YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A report of a bomb briefly halted voting Tuesday morning at a York County precinct.

J. Richard Rawls, chairman of the York County Electoral Board, said someone in the parking lot reported there was a bomb in Tabb Elementary School.

Rawls said this person was approaching other people in the parking lot as they were going to vote.

Voters were delayed for 10 to 15 minutes while deputies with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office checked the building. The building was not evacuated, and was deemed safe.

According to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, their investigation determined a citizen had called a friend and told the friend there was no need to go vote because there was a bomb threat at the polling place. 

The friend contacted the Board of Elections and asked if the polling place was closed due a bomb threat, officers say. Then the Board of Elections contacted the sheriff’s office. 

Officers say they later determined the statements were a joke between the two individuals and there was no credible threat.

Officers also noted that no individual was denied their right to vote because of the incident.  

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