A Democrat poll worker was removed from his post after multiple attempts to influence voters to mark their ballots in support of Democrat candidates.
The poll worker, identified by Chalkboard Review as James Zheng, worked at a polling location last week in Carmel, Indiana which falls under the jurisdiction of the Hamilton County Election Office.
According to Beth Sheller, the Hamilton County election administrator, Zheng’s actions may qualify as electioneering and election interference, Fox News reports.
One of Zheng’s incidents of alleged misconduct occurred when he was teaching a voter how to use an electronic voting machine. Sheller told Fox that while assisting the voter, Zheng preselected a “straight Democrat ticket” and left the voter confused on how to change it.
The voter had to ask for help from another poll worker to reset her ballot. The second poll worker then informed the polling inspector of what had occurred.
This event was not the first time Zheng had been accused of suspicious activity designed to help Democrats.
Sheller also told Fox of an incident where Zheng told a pair of black voters that Republicans who were advocating for pro-parent school board candidates are “racist.”
Reportedly, as the two voters entered the location, pro-parent Republicans were outside of the location protesting. When the voters entered, Zheng told them not to vote for the pro-parent candidates, calling the activists outside racist.
Once the voters had cast their ballots, they went outside and told the protestors what happened. The activists then entered the building and reported the incident to election officials.
Fox reports Zheng is being investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Sheller noted that she hopes the rogue poll worker is prosecuted for his actions.
In response to the incident, Hamilton County GOP chairman Mario Massillamany raised concerns that Zheng may have manipulated more voters and it had just gone unreported.
Sheller claimed to be confident the events were isolated.
Massillamany condemned the poll worker in a statement.
“This should serve as a cautionary reminder that those desperate to hold onto power or gain power will do anything – including breaking the law – to thwart the efforts of parents and taxpayers to replace our school boards with officials who more accurately reflect the values of our community,” the GOP chairman said. “If you see something suspicious, please report such activity immediately to a poll worker or other election official immediately,” he added.
The incident occurred less than a week before election day, when Republicans are expected to make major gains in Congress.