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Poll worker almost keeps wife of candidate from voting

Early today, a poll worker at Precinct 56, Escambia County Environmental/Health offices by Legion Field, was aggressively questioning the signatures of African-American voters. The wife of Lumon May, Democratic candidate for Escambia County Commission, District 3, had her signature challenged for the first time in six elections. The poll worker refused to let her vote because he said the signatures didn’t match. Fortunately attorney Joe Zarzaur stepped in and Mrs. May was allowed to vote.

According to others at the polling place, a white girl had her signature challenged by the same worker, but was allowed to vote after she told him that she must have been nervous when she wrote it.

As far as we know, poll workers are not handwriting experts.