In Tennessee, A Poll Worker Was Fired For Turning Away Voters With BLM Shirts

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State law only prohibits wearing items bearing the name of a candidate or political party in a polling place.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a poll worker was fired after turning away early voters donning “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, according to The Associated Press.

  • Shelby County Election Commission spokeswoman Suzanne Thompson said the worker was fired on Friday after officials were alerted to the matter by a witness at the Dave Wells Community Center in Memphis.
  • Thompson told the AP that state law prohibits wearing items that bear the name of a candidate or political party in a polling place but that statements like “Black Lives Matter” are not forbidden. The poll worker reportedly thought the statements on the shirts were tied to the Democratic Party.
  • The AP reported that it was not immediately clear exactly how many voters were turned away, but Thompson said it was just a few.

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