WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A Central Texas elections supervisor resigned Monday, after a video surfaced of her yelling at a voter to leave the polling location.
The incident occurred on Friday at the J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex off East Old Settlers Boulevard in Round Rock.
The video shows a Travis County voter who was mistakenly sent to a Williamson County polling station. According to Christopher Davis, the elections administrator in Williamson County, the voter should have been sent to the main elections office in Travis County so she could cast a limited ballot. The elections supervisor said the voter didn’t want to do that.
The elections supervisor is then seen in the video yelling at the voter to leave.
“We are appalled with the behavior of our supervisor seen in the video. This is not at all the way we train our workers to handle voters,” Davis said. “It’s our job to calmly and understandably explain the process to them.”
According to Davis, there have never been any past issues with the supervisor, and she was an experienced poll worker who had worked with the polling team regularly. She told KXAN she was “sorry” about the way the incident unfolded and that she was burned out by “brutal” work hours. She added that she was “mentally tired and I wish it did not escalate in the way it did.”
She was verbally reprimanded by Davis Saturday afternoon, and her letter of resignation was received early Sunday morning. She said she was in the Navy and has been working elections since 2004 and told KXAN this has been one of the most “toxic” elections she has seen.
“I’ve been yelled at more in the past weeks than I did in the Navy,” she told KXAN.