Texas poll worker cited in racially-charged scuffle

HOUSTON, TX (KPRC) - A poll worker was issued a citation for assault by contact Tuesday after an altercation with a voter at a Houston, Texas polling place.

Rolanda Anthony said the first stop of her Election Day was at Liberation Baptist Church, the polling place for Harris County Voting Precinct 1012.

She said that when she tried to cast her ballot, a poll worker, identified by authorities as Juanita Barnes, became aggressive and questioned her home address.

"She was very belligerent and disrespectful," Anthony said.

Anthony said that when she asked Barnes a question, her response became racially charged.

"'Perhaps if I put on my blackface makeup today you would be able to comprehend what I'm saying,'" Anthony said, recounting what she said Barnes shouted.

"I was just in dismay," Anthony continued. "I could not believe this was happening to me."