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Polk County election commissioners investigate racial incident

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BENTON, TN (Times Free Press) -- Polk County election commissioners have agreed to address a complaint alleging the use of a racial slur by a poll worker during the recent primary.

On Thursday, Oldfort, Tenn., resident Diane Wilson voiced concerns to the election commission about an incident involving her son at the South Polk Elementary School polling center on March 6.

On that day, she said, some friends took her elementary-age biracial son to the polls so he could observe the election process while they voted. She said her friends told her that an "older male" poll worker directed a racial epithet at her son while they were there.

"When the older male worker used the 'n-word,' two ladies quickly went over to the older male worker so as to quiet him or stop him," Wilson said. "This was my son's first experience at an election poll."

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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