Election worker in Miami County to face discipline for turning away voters

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PERU, Ind. — A northern Indiana clerk says one of her employees will face discipline after about 30 people left a polling site during Tuesday’s primary when they were told they likely wouldn’t be able to vote.

Miami County Clerk of the Courts Tawna Leffel-Sands says the polling site at the county courthouse in Peru was about to close at 6 p.m. when the worker told some people in line they probably wouldn’t be able to vote.

Voter Registration Clerk Paul Wilson announced to the voters that the polls would close at 6 and anyone not inside a 50-foot roped off area outside the polling room would not be likely to vote. As a result, about 30 people started to leave the courthouse.

Staff were able to bring back some of the people who walked away.

Leffel-Sands says she “sincerely apologizes” for the situation.

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