Report: Summit, Portage county poll workers allegedly harass voters in school gear

Posted at 3:57 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 18:21:25-04

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.

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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.

Clark provided an update on Twitter a short time later:

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.

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