a Tennessee A poll worker was fired on Friday after being banished from voters who wore clothing related to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to officials.
The worker was abandoned after a witness at the Dave Wells Community Center in North Memphis, Tennessee, reported the accident to officials, according to Susan Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Shelby County Election Commission.
Thompson said the director of operations told officials that the message on the clothing was “black lives matter,” while state attorney Antonio Parkinson said on his Facebook page that shirts or masks said “I can’t breathe,” according to reports.
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That was really bad, Thompson said. “They were not supposed to be sent away.”
While Tennessee law does not allow voters at the polls to wear items with the name of a candidate or political party showing, Thompson said the policy would not have been enforced because the Black Lives Matter is not political, WREG-TV in Memphis reported.
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“I was given very clear instructions. He received clear instructions the next day, and again he didn’t pay attention to them.” Said Election Director Linda Phillips, according to Station.
Thomas added that only a few people had been told to leave.
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Early voter turnout ahead of the November 3 election was strong in Memphis and across Tennessee. Early voting ends October 29 in the state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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