An Indiana poll worker has been dismissed following charges that he pushed voters toward Democratic candidates.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the reported occurrences took place last week during early voting in Carmel, Indiana.
Beth Sheller, the Republican election administrator for Hamilton County, stated that two black voters claimed poll worker James Zheng told them that Republican school board candidates were racist.
In addition, according to Fox News, county Republican chairman Mario Massillamany said that under the pretext of aiding voters, Zheng repeatedly picked Democratic candidates across the ballot, prompting voter complaints that they were unable to erase Zheng’s actions.
Fox News reports that another poll worker aided voters in undoing what Zheng had done.
As a result of these claims, Zheng was removed from his position as a poll worker on Thursday evening and will not be permitted to work on Election Day.
Zheng denied the allegations.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Zheng said in a statement, “I categorically deny these allegations and would point out that at no time during the early voting on the 3rd did the inspector call me aside and confront me with these false allegations.”
“I am willing to come forward and testify, under oath, consistent with the above,” Zheng said.
Massillamany stated that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has been tasked with conducting an investigation.
“This should serve as a cautionary reminder that those desperate to hold onto power or gain power will do anything — including breaking the law — to thwart the efforts of parents and taxpayers to replace our school boards with officials who more accurately reflect the values of our community,” Massillamany said in a statement.
The Hamilton County Democratic Party called the action “desperation and retaliation politics at its worst.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“The Hamilton County Republican Party is trying to sow last-minute doubt into the integrity of our elections,” the Democratic statement read, according to WTTV-TV. “We believe voters deserve honesty and the truth.”
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