A white election supervisor and judge in Texas resigned after she was caught on camera yelling at a Black voter who was confused about where she needed to vote.
On Friday afternoon, Williamson County judge Lila Guzman was seen screaming “Get out. Get out. Get out. You are rude. You are not following the law. Go. Go," at the voter at the Williamson County Annex, reported KVUE.
Another voter who was present at the annex found Guzman’s behavior so inappropriate she decided to take out her phone and begin recording.
"As soon as she started getting louder, I was like, 'This is getting out of hand.' So I began to record," the voter who recorded the video told KVUE. "She did tell her she couldn't vote there, but she didn't say where in Travis. The lady did have an accent. She could've been new to the country. I don't know, but she needed some help."
At another moment in the video, Guzman told the woman she was going to call the cops to have her escorted out of the building.
After the video went viral, Williamson County Elections told KVUE Guzman did not follow protocol.
"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," Administrator Chris Davis said. "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."
According to the local news station, the unidentified voter was registered to vote in Williamson County but resided in Travis County. The poll workers in Travis County should've sent her to the Travis County Elections Division so she could vote a limited ballot, but she was instead sent to the Williamson County Annex.
Davis told KVUE he believes the voter arrived at the polling site after being turned away by Travis County poll workers.
"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," Davis said.
In a phone interview with KVUE, Guzman admitted she didn't handle the situation well and attributed her reaction to working 12-hour days for nearly two weeks.
"It was the end of the day, and we were seeing steady turnout across all sites, but again, no excuse. It's our job to get voters answers and help them vote, either at our site or the site where they need to vote," Davis said.
Guzman has since resigned and will not be working on Election Day. However, Guzman told KVUE she did not resign because of the video, rather, she said she left because Davis did not provide adequate backup for her during the incident.
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