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Texas election official resigns after screaming at confused voter

An election official in Texas has resigned after she was allegedly caught on cellphone video screaming at a confused voter at the Williamson County Annex in Round Rock. (Image source: Video screenshot)

An election official in Texas has resigned after she was allegedly caught on cellphone video screaming at a confused voter, KVUE-TV reported.

The incident between Williamson County supervisor and Judge Lila Guzman and an unidentified voter occurred Friday at the Williamson County Annex in Round Rock, a suburb about 20 miles north of Austin.

Another voter, who asked KVUE not to identify her, recorded the interaction.

What's the story?

Guzman can be heard yelling at a woman who was unclear about her polling place.

"Get out. Get out. Get out. You are rude. You are not following the law," Guzman yelled at the woman in the video.

The exchange between Guzman and the woman got heated and that's when the witness started recording.

"As soon as she started getting louder, I was like, 'This is getting out of hand.' So I began to record," the witness told KVUE.

The woman was reportedly confused because she was registered to vote in Williamson County but she lives in Travis County, according to Williamson County Elections Administrator Chris Davis.

"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.

At another point, Guzman threatened to call the police on the woman.

Davis, who believes the voter was first turned away at Travis County, said the Williamson County poll workers should have directed the woman to the Travis County Elections Division to vote a limited ballot.

"It was the end of the day, and we were seeing pretty 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, adding that poll workers are trained to maintain their composure during situations.

What did Guzman say?

Guzman told KVUE that she didn't handle the situation appropriately.

She also told the news station that her resignation was not because of the video, but because Davis' office didn't "provide backup when she called the office to have police remove the voter from the building."


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