Journalist Jemele Hill said Tuesday that her name was removed from Florida's registered-voter rolls over a tweet in which she said she was moving to Los Angeles but that she would fly back to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
Hill, who says she bought a house in Florida in 2006, details her experience in an essay for The Atlantic, writing that when she arrived at a polling site in the state for early voting she found out she'd been kicked off the registered-voter roll.
Hill said that shortly after she left the polling location, an official from the elections office told her that a tweet she had posted a few weeks earlier "had been brought to their attention."
In the tweet, Hill wrote that she just moved to Los Angeles but was flying back to Florida so she could vote for Gillum in the Florida governor's race against former Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisAmerica isn't first — it's far behind — and studies point to Republicans Where election review efforts stand across the US Schools without mask mandate 3.5 times more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks: CDC study MORE (R).
Gonna be completely transparent here: So I just moved to LA this week, but yet I’m flying to Florida tonight because that’s where I’ve voted since 2005. I came for early voting because of this pic.twitter.com/XQDFvX38Qc— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 22, 2018
"I wasn’t trying to persuade people to vote for Gillum, but to encourage people to vote, period," she writes in The Atlantic. "I wanted people to know that voting in this year’s midterms was so important to me that I’d cross time zones just to make sure I participated in our democratic process."
Hill adds that the official she spoke with told her that the tweet she shared was a "red brigade."
She notes that based on the information she shared with the official, he did not believe there was evidence she had committed voter fraud.
Hill adds that she was allowed to fill out a provisional ballot and also given information to track her ballot.
But she writes that the official she spoke with warned her "that he didn’t get to make the final determination about whether my provisional ballot would be accepted."
"That would be up to the supervisor of elections. My spidey senses don’t know what to make of that," she concluded.
The anecdote from Hill comes as voting rights became a predominant issue in this year's midterm elections — one Hill called the "most serious election" of her lifetime.
Hill has been outspoken in her criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE during his time in office. While working at ESPN, the journalist was suspended for tweets she shared about Trump, one of which called him a "white supremacist."