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Michigan poll workers report higher than expected voter turnout, official says

Michigan poll workers report higher than expected voter turnout, official says

Voting stickers are placed on a table at a polling place in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Voting stickers are placed on a table at a polling place in Atlanta on Tuesday. (Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

A mother and son were removed as pollsters in Johns Creek, Georgia, minutes before the polls opened this morning, after a social media post appeared to show them attending the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

“I stood up for what is right today in Washington DC. This election was a sham. Mike Pence is a traitor. I received tear gas FOUR times. I have pepper spray in my throat. I broke into the Capitol building. And my kids had the best learning experience of their lives,” said a Facebook post state election officials shared with CNN.

“I am aware that it happened. It’s really an internal Fulton County matter. They have to mitigate the risk as they see fit given that information,” Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, said when asked about it by CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday.

“I think it would have been better if they potentially found out sooner and worked with people, but because it was last minute and it came out so late, I leave it up to Fulton County. But yeah, that happened earlier this morning,” Sterling said.

The social media post is being “investigated due to concerns,” Nadine Williams, Fulton County’s interim director of registration and elections, said at a news conference earlier Tuesday.

“We have decided to remove them until we have completed our investigation,” Williams said.

“We just want to make sure the election is safe,” she added.

A colleague brought the social media posts and comments made during the survey to the attention of the Fulton County Board. Williams said the secretary of state’s office was consulted on the matter, and the state office agreed there were concerns.

Williams said she was not at liberty to comment on the nature of the social media post when asked by reporters, but confirmed it included a threat about election security.

“There were some things that were not allowed. You cannot take video or photos at the elections. That’s what caught our attention,” Williams said.



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