MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) â€” A poll worker in Memphis, Tennessee, has been fired after turning away early voters who were wearing â€œBlack Lives Matterâ€ and â€œI Canâ€™t Breatheâ€ shirts, an elections official said Monday.
The worker was fired Friday after officials received a call from a witness at the Dave Wells Community Center in Memphis, Shelby County Election Commission spokeswoman Suzanne Thompson said.
Tennessee law does not allow voters to wear items bearing the name of a candidate or a political party in a polling place. But state law does not prohibit statements such as â€œBlack Lives Matter,â€ Thompson said.
The number of voters who were told to leave was not immediately known, but Thompson said it was only a few. The poll worker thought the statements were tied to the Democratic Party, Thompson said.
â€œThat was pretty bad,â€ she said. â€œThey were not supposed to be turned away.â€
Early voter turnout ahead of the Nov. 3 election has been strong in Memphis and throughout Tennessee. Early voting ends Oct. 29 in the state.
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