If you thought we’d make it through the mid-term elections without drama or voter suppression, you were sadly mistaken.
With the introduction of electronic voting machines, it’s understandable that many can end up confused in the voting process. Furthermore, it can be confusing and difficult to find out where your polling location is. It shouldn’t be that difficult for a poll worker to help someone resolve the issue; however, one woman was berated and screamed at by one election supervisor and judge in Round Rock, Texas.
And of course, the woman who was berated by the white judge was a black woman.
The black woman, whose identity is unknown, had entered the polling place and was confused as she didn’t know where she was supposed to vote. She was registered to vote in Williamson County; however, she was a citizen of Travis County. It was a situation that was easy to resolve. All the poll worker had to do was tell the woman to vote in Travis County.
Instead, however, Lila Guzman went off on the black woman screaming, “Get out. Get out. Get out. You are rude. You are not following the law. Go. Go.”
She also threatened to call the cops.
The incident was caught on video by a fellow voter who remarked:
‘As soon as she started getting louder, I was like, “This is getting out of hand.” So I began to record. She did tell her she couldn’t vote there, but she didn’t say where in Travis. The lady did have an accent. She could’ve been new to the country. I don’t know, but she needed some help.’
Guzman told KVUE that her behavior was unacceptable.
‘It was the end of the day, and we were seeing steady turnout across all sites, but again, no excuse. It’s our job to get voters answers and help them vote, either at our site or the site where they need to vote.’
Here’s the real kicker, though. Guzman has resigned; however, she didn’t resign because of her behavior. She resigned because the Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis didn’t back her up more in her opinion.
‘Guzman has since resigned and will not be working on Election Day. However, Guzman told Perez she did not resign because of the video. Instead, she claimed she resigned because she felt Davis’ office did not provide backup when she called the office to have police remove the voter from the building.’
Davis spoke with KVUE and criticized Guzman’s behavior.
‘Our supervisor loses her composure in the middle of this, and that’s not something that we ever train our poll workers, supervisors, election judges and clerks to do. We always train them and advise them to maintain control of the situation politely and answer voters’ questions and give voters options so situations like these don’t escalate.’
It’s understandable poll workers get stressed out especially with this election. However, behavior like what Guzman displayed is absolutely unacceptable. The black community is already disenfranchised. Now, we’ve got white officials screaming at black people for asking simple questions? That is absolutely unacceptable and shows just how scared racists are that they are losing control.
When one user commented on Twitter that the behavior was unacceptable, the Wilco TX Elections account tweeted in response:
‘We agree, Julie. And we’ll work harder to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again, ever.’
You can watch the video of the incident below.
A @WilcoElections supervisor and judge has resigned following an incident in which she was caught on camera screaming at a confused voter. A woman who recorded the video was shocked at the judge’s behavior — and so was her boss. https://t.co/fKYKHHkaTC @KVUE pic.twitter.com/j3v25VooFe
— Pattrik Perez (@PattrikPerez) November 6, 2018
Featured image via Twitter screenshot.