Story Of Fired Sacramento County Poll Work Draws Hundreds Of Online Comments

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Friday’s CBS13 story about a fired poll worker went viral – picked up by bloggers around the country.

Now, among the more than 600 comments on, one you won’t see is one threatening the life of Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill Lavine.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is now investigating that threat, which was removed from the website. It came after Lavine fired poll worker Shannon Lewis last week.

“I just want you to know I don’t condone any kind of violence,” Lewis said on Monday. “I didn’t say anything derogatory about anyone.”

Shannon lost her job after sending her boss an email.

“I think political correctness has gotten out of your control if you have to worry about every word that you say that might offend someone,” she said.

Shannon was concerned that United Nations observers would be coming to the polls – unaware this has been going on for decades. She told her boss she would turn away any U.N. observers who showed up.

“Perhaps I would have worded it slightly differently,” she said.

Within a matter of minutes, Shannon was told her services were no longer needed.

“It’s not somebody that I turned away lightly, but I can tell you that our election process is fair, it’s open, it’s transparent and everybody who would like to observe our process is more than welcome to,” Lavine said.


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