Poll workers removed in Johns Creek because of social media posts, according to officials

Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 9:50 AM CST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Two poll workers, a mother and son, were removed from the Johns Creek voting site shortly before polls opened this morning, according to Fulton County Interim Elections Director Nadine Williams.

Fulton County held a press conference this morning at 10 a.m. to talk about voting in Fulton County.

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Fulton County has approximately 800,000 registered voters, 249 polling places, and nearly 3,000 volunteers.

Officials say that a “peer” of the female poll worker reported comments made by the woman during a poll worker event and on social media.

Officials looked into the report and contacted the Secretary of State with their concerns. The Secretary of State reportedly agreed with their concern and officials decided to remove the woman and her son, both of whom were poll workers in Johns Creek.

The woman and her son were removed before polls opened on Tuesday morning.

The pair were not identified initially and officials say they were not at liberty to report exactly what the comments were. However, they did say that it concerned a threat to election security and may have involved videos and photos that should not have been posted online.

A woman named Lauren Kronen identified herself on Twitter as the poll worker shortly after being asked to leave. An incident report identified her son as Brett Kronen.

Kronen told The American Tribune that she was asked to leave because she tweeted that she and her son were there to “make sure there is a free and fair election.”

Kronen also said that she believes a post she made on Nov. 3 about election results being delayed were also a factor in why she and her son were kicked out.

Fulton County election officials also discussed a problem at a poll location in Chattahoochee Hills.

Approximately 20 voters could not vote because records indicated they were registered to vote in Cobb County. Election officials say those voters were given provisional ballots and they are investigating the incident.

Officials say they are pleased overall with how the day has started and no other issues have been reported.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The story has been updated to clarify that the woman’s son was also a poll worker in Johns Creek.

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