Amid mutual recriminations and finger-pointing, an Indiana poll worker was removed for claiming he had steered voters toward Democratic candidates.
The alleged incidents happened during early voting in Carmel, Indiana, last week, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Hamilton County Elections Administrator Beth Sheller, who is a Republican, said two black voters claimed polling clerk James Zheng told them the Republican school board candidates were racist.
Additionally, Republican county chairman Mario Massillamany claimed that Zheng had repeatedly picked Democratic candidates for the entire ballot under the guise of voter support, prompting complaints from voters who said they didn’t know how to do it, according to Fox News could undo what Zheng had done.
According to Fox News, another poll worker helped voters reverse Zheng’s act.
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Because of these allegations, Zheng was fired from his election worker Thursday night and will not be allowed to work on election day.
Zheng denied the claims.
“I categorically deny these allegations and would like to point out that at no point during the snap vote on the 3rd did the inspector call me aside and confront me with these false allegations,” Zheng said in a statement, according to the Indianapolis Star.
“I am prepared to come forward and testify under oath in accordance with the above,” Zheng said.
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Massillamany said the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department has been asked to investigate.
“This should serve as a cautionary tale that those desperate to stay in power or gain power will do anything – including breaking the law – to thwart efforts by parents and taxpayers to replace our school boards with officials who are ours Values more accurately reflect community,” Massillamany said in a statement.
The Hamilton County Democratic Party called the action “politics of desperation and vengeance at its worst.”
“The Hamilton County Republican Party is attempting to sow last-minute doubts about the integrity of our elections,” the Democrats’ statement read, according to WTTV-TV. “We believe voters deserve honesty and the truth.”
But Republicans say vigilance is needed to protect the integrity of the vote.
“I have communicated with local election officials to ensure poll workers are reminded that such activities, referred to as campaigning, are illegal,” Massillamany said in his statement.
Sheller also told Fox News she wanted Zheng prosecuted.
Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush said his department is investigating the incident, according to WISH-TV.
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