A veteran Sacramento poll worker says she was fired because she sent an email to her supervisor questioning the presence of the U.N. poll observers.
Shannon Lewis, who has been a poll worker in Sacramento for 15 years, said she “tapped out a really fast email” voicing her concerns about the international poll inspectors, CBS Sacramento reports.
“I just wanted to get my feelings known and get an answer to the question before polling day,” she said.
Lewis said that she saw the story about the United Nations observers coming to local polling stations on Facebook and wanted to get more information.
In her email, she wrote, “these are not our usual pollsters; they can’t vote here, and therefore have no business in/about our elections.”
And Lewis says within minutes her supervisor was on the line and telling her that she was out of a job. “She said ‘we can’t have any intolerance,’ and I said, ‘what exactly is it intolerant of?’”
Though U.N. monitors have been showing up at polling stations since 2002, Lewis says she was never told about them during her 15 years of training and experience. Sacramento County officials would not comment on the incident or give a reason for Lewis’s termination.
“I didn’t make the mistake of doing something on Election Day,” Lewis added.
“Shannon says she doesn’t plan on taking any legal action. She just hopes election officials see this story and are embarrassed by what they did,” CBS Sacramento reports.