Chairman of the Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections in South Carolina resigned Wednesday after he and his wife were accused of removing and vandalizing Donald Trump yard signs, according to numerous sources.
A resident of Pawleys Island filed a report with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, claiming that his Trump/Pence campaign yard signs were disappearing.
After looking at footage from a deer camera placed in his yard on October 4, the resident discovered something unimaginable. The video shows someone taking one sign and damaging another by writing “dump” over the president’s name, according to the Coastal Observer.
Or, better yet, blue handed.
An incident report released later identified the offender as Dean Smith, who was seen on camera driving away with his wife, according to WPDE, via the Daily Caller.
Smith, who has served on the elections board for 15 years, resigned Wednesday, two days after Republican Party officials filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s office. Rita Smith, Smith’s wife and HOA president came clean about defacing the sign but claims the circumstances were different than those described in the report.
According to the Observer, she allegedly received a complaint from a property owner in September about a resident violating the HOA rules by hanging a Trump flag on his garage.
Dean released a statement in response to the complaint:
“This is actually an HOA issue. We have regulations against the signs. The people that reported this, put a sign on someone else’s property without their knowledge and they insulted and attacked my wife who is the HOA president and asked them to get rid of the signs. The camera that took our picture was also put on someone else’s property.”
Regardless of the reasoning, vandalism is never the answer – especially for an election official.
“Our emotions got the better of us,” Rita said.
“It was because we were angry with the other resident,” Dean said.