Elections Headquarters Evacuated; Package Found to Be Harmless

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A suspicious package that appeared to vibrate forced the temporary closure of the state Division of Elections headquarters Monday, but it turned out to be a harmless bundle that was being moved by air flowing out of the ventilation system.

A security guard found the package at about 6:30 a.m., just over 24 hours before the state's polls open for Election Day. The few employees in the building were evacuated and those arriving for work were kept outside.

Officers inspected the package and found it contained documents. Employees were allowed into the building just before noon.

The state's Division of Elections is housed in the RA Gray Building, a block from the Capitol.

Alia Faraj, a spokeswoman for the Department of State, which oversees the Division of Elections, says the evacuation wouldn't affect Tuesday's balloting.