Oklahoma poll worker wears attire promoting far-right news source
By Robin Dorner
Editor in Chief
An Oklahoma voter said they felt intimidated today when they voted at their Oklahoma County polling place. The intimidation was purportedly due to one of the poll workers at Precinct 461 in N.W. Oklahoma City wearing an InfoWars t-shirt.
InfoWars is defined as an American far-right conspiracy theory and fake news website owned by Alex Jones. It was founded in 1999 and operates under Free Speech Systems LLC.
According to Oklahoma statutes for polling places (§26-7-108. Electioneering prohibited), “No person shall be allowed to electioneer within three hundred (300) feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress…No printed material other than that provided by the election board shall be publicly placed or exposed within three hundred (300) feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress.”
But according to Toni at the Oklahoma County Election Board, wearing a garment promoting a far-right news site is not considered electioneering, and “this is a non-issue.”
Toni refused to give The Gayly her last name for this report.
According to the Oklahoma State Election Board website, “By law, each precinct is designed with bipartisan oversight. Each precinct has a minimum of three precinct officials – an inspector, judge, and clerk. (See 26 O.S. § 2-123.)”
In order to be a poll worker in Oklahoma, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Oklahoma
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a resident of the county for the 25 days before the election
- Complete required training every two years
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