SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Multiple districts in Northeast Ohio have complained that voters are running into trouble at the polls when they went to vote on Tuesday.
Three people complained to Nordonia Superintendent Joe Clark that they ran into trouble with poll workers when they went to vote on a tax levy for the district at polling locations in Summit County Tuesday.
Poll workers allegedly told two women in Nordonia school shirts that they were not allowed to vote because of their clothing, The Akron-Beach Journal reports. One woman’s shirt read “Nordonia Strong,” and another had a large letter “N” on it, Clark told the Journal.
The two women were ultimately allowed to vote.
Clark told the Journal he later heard from another woman that a poll worker asked a voter if she knew how much the school levy was going to cost.
The 6.98-mill operating levy would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $480 in property taxes per year and generate about $7 million for schools.
Clark tweeted about the alleged polling place issues, tagging the Summit County Board of Elections and Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
Did you hear, @FrankLaRose? @SummitCountyBOE poll workers trying to deny citizens the right to vote because of their apparel, and another asking a voter if she knew how much the school levy was going to cost her. This is appalling!— Joe Clark (@DrJoeClark) May 7, 2019
Clark provided an update on Twitter a short time later:
Just got off phone with Secretary of State @FrankLaRose's office. They will be contacting the polling locations to provide instructions to the poll workers. They said nothing can be done about those who may have been wrongly turned away. If you were turned away, go back and vote!— Joe Clark (@DrJoeClark) May 7, 2019
Voters in Portage County said poll workers asked them to turn around their shirts in support of Field Local Schools when they were at the polls.