Memphis Poll Worker Fired For Turning Away Voters With BLM Shirts

Written by on October 20, 2020

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A ballot employee in Memphis, Tennessee, has been fired after turning away early voters who have been sporting “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, an elections official stated Monday.

The employee was fired Friday after officers acquired a name from a witness on the Dave Wells Group Heart in Memphis, Shelby County Election Fee spokeswoman Suzanne Thompson stated.

Tennessee regulation doesn’t enable voters to put on objects bearing the title of a candidate or a political get together in a polling place. However state regulation doesn’t prohibit statements resembling “Black Lives Matter,” Thompson stated.

Black Lives Matter protesters march in the street before participating in early voting on October 13 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Black Lives Matter protesters march on the street earlier than collaborating in early voting on October 13 in Louisville, Kentucky. A ballot employee in Memphis, Tennessee, was fired Friday after turning away early voters who have been sporting “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” shirts.

The variety of voters who have been informed to depart was not instantly identified, however Thompson stated it was just a few. The ballot employee thought the statements have been tied to the Democratic Get together, Thompson stated.

“That was fairly unhealthy,” she stated. “They weren’t speculated to be turned away.”

Early voter turnout forward of the Nov. three election has been sturdy in Memphis and all through Tennessee. Early voting ends Oct. 29 within the state.


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