ONE Tennessee The poll worker was fired on Friday after allegedly ousting voters who wore clothes related to the Black Life movement, according to officials.
The worker was released after witnessing at the Dave Wells Community Center in North Memphis, Tennis, officials said, according to Suzanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for Shelby County Electoral Commission.
Thompson said officials were briefed by a business director that the message on the clothes was “Black Lives Matter,” while state spokesman Antonio Parkinson said on his Facebook page that the shirts or masks read “I can not breathe.” reports.
“That was very bad,” Thompson said. “They should not have left.”
While Tennessee law does not allow voters at polling stations to display items displaying the name of a candidate or political party, Thompson said the policy would not apply because Black Lives Matter is not political, Memphis WREG-TV reported. .
“He was given very clear instructions. He was given clear instructions the next day, and again he did not pay attention to them. That’s how it ended, “said Election Administrator Linda Phillips, according to station.
Thomas added that only a few people said to leave.
The turnout before the Nov. 3 election was strong in Memphis and throughout Tennessee. Early voting ends Oct. 29 in the state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report