JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A Fulton County poll worker who was fired this morning minutes before polls opened says she was fired for her political beliefs.
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Laura Kronen and her teenage son were asked to leave a polling location in Johns Creek Tuesday morning after another worker reported concerning posts on her social media accounts.
Channel 2 Action News has obtained the posts, which show Kronen at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Channel 2′s Michael Seiden talked to Kronen, who said she is a proud conservative who signed up with her 17-year-old son so they could do their civic duty.
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“I had put up a tweet that said, ‘Good morning everyone. My son and I are here at the Fulton County polls to work and ensure a free and fair election,’” Kronen said.
Kronen said that moments after she began to set up the precinct, the manager told her she had to leave.
Kronen said she asked for an explanation, but was told that “someone downtown” made the call and that the police would be called if she and her son didn’t leave the location.
Kronen and her son left voluntarily, but that she was heartbroken.
“I wanted to work here,” Kronen said. “It’s something I was really interested in doing. I had my son in there with me.... This was a learning experience for the both of us. I was really looking forward to doing my civic duty, and that was ripped away from us with no explanation except for a tweet.”
Seiden asked Kronen if she did, in fact, participate in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“I wouldn’t call it an insurrection. No one’s ever been charged with insurrection. And yes, we were there, and I have not been charged with anything, I was not accused of anything.” Kronen said. “So I was at a rally.”
Fulton County elections officials sent Channel 2 Action News a statement, clarifying that workers initially raised concerns about Kronen on Monday about a virtual poll worker event that was held Sunday and on social media.
“On Monday, November 7, a Fulton County poll worker contacted Fulton County Registration & Elections to raise concerns about comments made by another poll worker during a virtual poll worker event held on Sunday and on social media. Fulton County Registration & Elections shared those concerns with the Secretary of State’s office, who contacted us this morning with additional concerns. After further discussion with the Secretary of State’s office a decision was made by Fulton County Registration & Elections to terminate two poll workers. This decision is in alignment with our commitment to elections integrity.”
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