Hungry squirrel tampers with presidential election

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With Election Day on the horizon, the threat of a rigged election has many Americans deeply worried.

Though it's very hard to rig the process, people are still nervous it will happen -- especially with all the hacking that has happened recently.

But, as it turns out, the first threat to the American voting system was not a hacker at all -- it was a hungry squirrel.

The furry animal chewed through a power line in Troy, Ohio on Monday, cutting off the power to the Miami County Courthouse, which oversees the voting process, according to Vocativ.

"The power was out between the two buildings for a little over two hours," Beverley Kendall, Director of the County Board of Elections, told Vocativ.

At least 300 people voted by paper ballot by that time on Monday, according to local My Dayton Daily News.

Kendall said she wasn't sure how many people had to leave without casting their votes after the power went out.

No one knows if the squirrel survived the incident.

It's not unusual for the animals to cause power outages. It happens hundreds of times every year.

According to Cyber Squirrel 1, a website that tracks outages caused by squirrels across the U.S., jokes that squirrels cause more damage to the American infrastructure than a cyberattack could.

The website listed dozens of incidents this year alone.

If you fear that the election will be rigged, something that is popular but largely unfounded, be sure to vote anyway. You are much more likely to be foiled by a squirrel than a hacker.

See photos of the giant squirrel that was following Clinton:

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Opponents of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand outside Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University before Clinton speaks about her new book 'Hard Choices' in Washington on June 13, 2014. Clinton is widely thought to be mulling a run for the 2016 presidential election. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, MA - JUNE 16: Hillary Clinton signs her latest book, 'Hard Choices,' at the Harvard Book Store on June 16, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 16: Hillary Clinton was at the Toronto Indigo on Bloor Street to sign her memoir 'Hard Choices' Monday afternoon. People lined up around the exterior of the store for hours, waiting for an autograph. June 16, 2014. (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Supporters of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stand outside Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University before Clinton speaks about her new book 'Hard Choices' in Washington on June 13, 2014. Clinton is widely thought to be mulling a run for the 2016 presidential election. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: People opposed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becoming president canvas outside the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University where Clinton will discuss her new book, 'Hard Choices: A Memoir,' June 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Similar to a campaign for public office, Clinton is on a nationwide tour to promote the new memoir with media interviews and book signings but has said she would not decide whether to run in the 2016 presidential race before the end of the year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Copies of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book 'Hard Choices' are seen before a book signing in Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington, on June 14, 2014. Clinton is widely thought to be mulling a run for the 2016 presidential election. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: (L-R) U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and designer Ralph Lauren say the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of American History June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Lauren was presented the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal during a citizenship ceremony welcoming 15 new Americans for his contributions to the preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, left, listens while President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Business executives pressing for a solution to the so-called fiscal cliff made their case at the White House and the Capitol a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lamented the lack of progress toward a deal. Photographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (L) and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim (C) listen while US President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama announced he is nominating Kim to succeed Robert Zoellick as President of the World Bank. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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