A local election official in Maine has been dismissed after refusing to let an on-duty police officer vote because he was carrying a gun.
The Bangor Daily News reported that Officer James Dearing had attempted to vote at a civic center while on patrol Friday. Though he was in uniform with his weapon holstered, Bangor election official Wayne Mallar told him he'd have to hand over his firearm to another officer on site in order to vote.
Neither official budged, and Dearing ended up leaving without casting a ballot.
According to the Daily News, the officer got a strong response after writing about the incident on his Facebook page.
Officials said they did not recall an incident like that happening before. Mallar has since been asked to stay home for the rest of the election.