Texas election supervisor resigns after video shows her screaming at voter: ‘Get out!’
A Texas election supervisor and judge resigned this week after she was seen on video screaming and threatening to call the police on a woman who was reportedly confused about where to vote.
The altercation involving Williamson County election supervisor and judge Lila Guzman happened Friday afternoon at the Williamson County Annex in Round Rock, ABC-affiliated KVUE reported.
A video of the incident showed Ms. Guzman, who is white, screaming at a black woman, who has not been identified, and telling her to leave the polling place.
“Get out!” Ms. Guzman yelled, pointing at the exit. “Get out! Get out! You are rude. You are not following the law. Go.”
Another voter, who recorded the incident, said the woman had an accent and clearly needed help. She said she starting recording the incident once she realized it was “getting out of hand.”
At one point in the video, Ms. Guzman threatened to call the cops on the woman, who reportedly left before police arrived.
“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,” Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis told KVUE. “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.”
Mr. Davis said the woman was registered to vote in Williamson County but resided in Travis County. Instead of trying to vote at the Williamson County Annex, she should have been directed to the Travis County Elections Division to fill out a limited ballot, he said.
“I regret that that incident happened with that poll worker because that voter was just trying to get answers that weren’t being provided to her in a way that we train our poll workers to give,” Mr. Davis said.
Ms. Guzman told KVUE that she didn’t handle the situation well, but she stopped short of apologizing. She said she resigned, not because of the video, but because she felt Mr. Davis’ office did not provide backup when she called the office to have police remove the voter from the building.
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