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Tue Nov 6, 2018, 06:50 PM

Report: Houston Poll Worker Spews Blackface Insult at Voter

Source: Daily Beast

A white election official made racist remarks to an African-American voter at a polling place Tuesday, The Houston Chronicle reports. Rolanda Anthony said she tried to vote at Iglesia Bautista Libre in north Houston when a poll worker said there was an issue with her address, and she would need to fill out a form before she could vote. Assistant election judge Juanita Barnes reportedly ran over to Anthony and said it was “illegal” for her to try to change her address on election day. The pair then began to argue. “If I were to wear my blackface makeup, maybe you would understand what I’m telling you,” Barnes said, according to Anthony. Anthony wrote on Facebook that she then tried to walk away from Barnes. “After her atrocious statement I walked away, she was relentless she followed me throughout the voting location and got in my face not one but two times finally I had enough and said I’m calling the police,” she wrote. “She had the audacity to say I’m white they’ll arrest you and charge you with a crime not me, haven’t you seen the news.”

Presiding election judge Edith Randle reportedly separated Barnes and Anthony. The Chronicle also reports a poll worker named Pristina Stucky quit in protest over Barnes’ comments. Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Thomas Gilliland told local news station KRTK a “poll worker and a voter were involved in an altercation that was verbal at first, then some sort of physical altercation occurred.” The sheriff’s office also told the station that a “citation for assault by contact” was issued to Barnes for “bumping into a female voter during an argument.”

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/report-houston-poll-worker-hurls-blackface-insult-at-voter



Note: This story is also covered in depth by the Houston Chronicle, but behind a paywall, so I went with Daily Beast.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 06:54 PM

1. In all fairness, Ms. Anthony

was attempting to vote while black.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 06:59 PM

2. Someone's life is about to change...

and most certainly NOT for the better. That someone if assistant election judge Juanita Barnes. If she has a day job, lets hope she gets the boot. No quarter for racists!!!

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:00 PM

3. Jeebus! Another emboldened racist! Too disgusting!

What I most want to know is whether Rolanda Anthony ever got to actually vote or not.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:29 PM

10. So far none of these women have been armed. Hard to believe this is 2018.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:02 PM

4. geezz.. I thought I was reading an Onion story

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:05 PM

5. Fuck it. Time to have our elections overseen by the UN

We’ve lost all ability to conduct a fair and equitable environment for our citizens to peaceably and reliably cast their vote.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:05 PM

6. Was that racist lead off in handcuffs?

They should have been.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:06 PM

7. Damn

Wow. Damn. folks have lost their fucking minds.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:25 PM

8. That poll workerr should have been fired on the spot. F**king racist pig

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:25 PM

9. This crap will continue until those wingnut poll workers go to jail.

This has gone on long enough, damn it!

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Response to displacedtexan (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:31 PM

12. We have to be as willing to get involved as they are. I'm going to start to ...

volunteer in a polling place. One less Teapublican can't hurt.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:35 PM

13. Excellent!

If I lived anywhere else, I would volunteer, too.

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Response to displacedtexan (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:40 PM

14. The important thing is we're all doing whatever it is we each can. It all adds up.

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:29 PM

11. Why was an assistant judge trying to take control over a judge?

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:44 PM

15. Juanita Barnes should be forced to beg Rolanda Anthony for forgiveness, with double groveling.



Orange blouse on the racist beast.



Poll worker accused of hurling 'blackface' slur during altercation with voter
By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor, Brittany Jeffers - Reporter
Posted: 3:42 PM, November 06, 2018
Updated: 4:44 PM, November 06, 2018

More:
https://www.click2houston.com/news/poll-worker-accused-of-hurling-blackface-slur-during-altercation-with-voter

From the Houston Chronicle:

Anthony later informed the election judge she was going to call the police to report the incident because, "This is wrong."

That's when Barnes walked up to her and shoulder bumped her and said, "I'm white. Have you seen the news?"

"If you call the police, they're going to take you to jail and do something to you, because I'm white," Barnes told her in front of several witnesses.

Barnes told Anthony she was loitering and she was going to call the police on Anthony for failing to leave.

"The loiterer is back. The loiterer is back," she yelled.

Randle told Anthony she had already reported her coworker many times to the police, that the racist comments had been coming from Barnes since a training at the church Monday night, and the team of African American poll workers knew Barnes was racist and were trying to get her removed from the polling site.

Another poll worker, Prestina Stuckey, the daughter of Randle, the election judge, left as a result of Barnes' comments and attitude. Stuckey said she couldn't take the abuse Barnes was dishing out to her mother and Anthony and others including a phone call the alternate judge made in which she said , "I'm here with all these black people."

"She had just been saying little stuff all day," Stuckey said. "She was nitpicking all day."

Barnes was ultimately escorted out of the building around noon and relieved of her duties after sheriff's deputies and two lawyers and an investigator from the county attorney's office arrived to take reports.

More:
https://www.chron.com/news/politics/election/article/Poll-worker-directs-racist-language-at-a-north-13367024.php#photo-16457906

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:44 PM

16. I'm not paywalled out yet, so

A white poll worker was relieved of her duties and charged with criminal assault after she bumped into a black voter and made a remark about "blackface" following some confusion over the woman's voter registration. One poll worker walked off the job following the incident, and another was left in tears as she gave a statement to a Harris County sheriff's deputy about the altercation."


snip " I feel like my vote today is more important than ever," the voter, Rolanda Anthony said, after experiencing what she perceived as flagrant attempt at suppressing her vote."


snip" Randle told Anthony she had already reported her coworker many times to the police, that the racist comments had been coming from Barnes since a training at the church Monday night, and the team of African American poll workers knew Barnes was racist and were trying to get her removed from the polling site."
Barnes was ultimately escorted out of the building around noon and relieved of her duties after sheriff's deputies and two lawyers and an investigator from the county attorney's office arrived to take reports.
snip..."

More at article


source>>https://m.chron.com/news/politics/election/article/Poll-worker-directs-racist-language-at-a-north-13367024.php

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Response to Stonepounder (Original post)

Tue Nov 6, 2018, 07:47 PM

17. 2 tweets from the Harris Co Sherrif dept

HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) Tweeted:
A deputy investigating a disturbance this morning at the polling location located at 10399 Veterans Memorial issued a Class C misdemeanor citation for assault to a female assistant election judge who allegedly bumped a female voter during an argument. #hounews



Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) Tweeted:
Voters and poll workers should feel safe from harm while participating in our democratic process. We will not tolerate any form of violence or intimidation at the polls. https://t.co/HBgWVHhBio

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