The Associated Press reports that an election worker in Alabama is under criminal investigation for vote rigging.
While many Americans are casting paper or electronic ballots today, in many rural counties in southern states, voters still spit into one of two spittoons (red or blue) to indicate their preference. Volume of spittle is measured at the end of the day to determine the winner.
Conecuh County spokesman Jim Bob Heidler said in a press release that Baylee Ann Thompson was "immediately relieved of duty after the alleged electoral spittoon tampering was discovered".
Sources familiar with the incident say their understanding is that the woman kicked over a blue spittoon that was half full of warm "votes" for Obama after a large group of "colored voters" had cast their "ballots".
When Ms Thompson was contacted by AP for comment, she tearfully insisted that it had “only been two ounces” that had been spilt. If convicted of a Class C felony for ballot tampering, Thompson could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $125,000.