A poll worker in Indiana has been removed by election officials after they were caught marking voters’ ballots for Democrat candidates and pressuring citizens to vote for specific candidates.
The poll worker, identified as James Zheng, was caught pre-selecting Democrat candidates on voters’ ballots at a location in Carmel, Indiana.
In one incident, Zheng reportedly filled out a ballot by voting “straight Democrat Party” when a voter asked for assistance.
Beth Sheller, an election administrator for Hamilton County, told Fox News that an inspector report allegedly identified two separate incidents involving Zheng.
The incidents may constitute electioneering and election interference, Sheller revealed.
Zheng is accused of telling black voters “… not to vote for the racist candidates outside,” according to Chalkboard Review, where officials first identified the accused poll worker.
According to the report, the first incident happened on Thursday evening after the poll worker told a pair of black voters not to vote for pro-parent school board candidates.
He alleged that the candidates were “racist” after encountering a group of education activists outside the polling station.
After casting their ballots, the pair of voters explained their interaction with the poll worker to the activists.
The activists then approached Zheng about the issue.
According to the inspector report, the second incident involved potential election interference.
Sheller confirmed the Chalkboard Review report that Zheng allegedly pre-selected a straight-Democrat ticket for a voter under the guise of “explaining the voting machines.”
Several voters made allegations to their local election judges that Zheng was using the same tactic on their ballots, some of whom “didn’t know how to change it back.”
In a press release obtained by Chalkboard Review, Mario Massillamany, GOP chairman in Hamilton County, said that the election administrator removed Zheng from working at the early voting site.
They also prevented him from returning to the station on Friday and Monday.
“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,” Massillamany said.
“If you see something suspicious, please report such activity immediately to a poll worker or other election official immediately.”
Fox News reports Dayna Colbert, Hamilton County Democrats chair, was contacted to provide a replacement poll worker.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly begun investigating the accusations.
Sheller told Chalkboard Review that she hopes to see Zheng prosecuted for both aspects of misconduct.
She also vowed to ensure with a bipartisan team of judges and election officials that “no electioneering” signs and limits were posted at that location before polls opened.
“I have never seen anything like this,” she said.