A mother and son were removed from their duties as poll workers in Johns Creek, Georgia, minutes before polls opened this morning after a social media post surfaced showing them attending to the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
“I stood up for what is right today in Washington DC. This election was a charade. Mike Pence is a traitor. I was tear gassed FOUR times. I have pepper spray in my throat. I have stormed the Capitol building. And my kids had the best learning experience of their lives,” reads a Facebook post shared with CNN by state election officials.
“I am aware that this has happened. This is truly an internal Fulton County issue. They should mitigate the risk as they see fit given this information,” said Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer. from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office when asked about it by CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday.
“I think it would have been better if they had found out sooner and worked with the people, but since it was last minute and it came to light so late, I’m leaving it up to Fulton County. But yeah, that happened earlier this morning,” Sterling said.
The social media post is being “investigated because of concern,” Nadine Williams, Fulton County’s acting director of registration and elections, said at a press conference earlier. tuesday.
“We’ve decided to take them down until we can complete the investigation,” Williams said.
“We just want to make sure the election is secure,” she added.
Social media posts and a comment made at an election worker event were brought to the attention of Fulton County Council by a peer. Williams said the secretary of state’s office was consulted about this and the state’s office agreed there was a concern.
Williams said she wasn’t free to comment on the nature of the social media post at the request of a reporter, but she confirmed it included an election security threat.
“There were things in there that weren’t allowed. You can’t take videos or photos in the election. That’s what caught our attention,” Williams said.