Things got heated at a Houston polling place Tuesday when an election official hurled racist comments at a citizen voting.
Rolanda Anthony tried to vote at her polling place at a church in north Houston when the worker said there was a “problem” with her address. She was told to fill out a form and it would fix it, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Assistant election Judge Juanita Barnes ran over to explain it was illegal for her to try and change her address on Election Day and then vote. An argument ensued and escalated.
“If I were to wear my blackface make up, maybe you would understand what I’m telling you,” Barnes, who is white, told Anthony,
Anthony said that she tried to walk away but that Barnes then followed her yelling as she walked through the polling place. When Anthony threatened to call the police, Barnes allegedly threatened her saying Anthony would be the one to be arrested because she’s black.
The presiding election judge separated the two and a different poll worker quit after hearing Barnes’ comments.
It’s unclear if the poll worker will be removed given the misleading information spread. No one knows how many people were wrongly told to change their addresses.
Read Anthony’s full statement from Facebook below: