Fact Check: Georgia Mother & Son Poll Workers Were NOT Fired For 'Free & Fair Election' Tweet -- Election Officials Say It Was Because Of A January 6th Post

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  • by: Alan Duke

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Fact Check: Georgia Mother & Son Poll Workers Were NOT Fired For 'Free & Fair Election' Tweet -- Election Officials Say It Was Because Of A January 6th Post January 6 Post

Did Fulton County, Georgia, election officials fire a mother and son hired as poll workers because the mom posted a tweet on the morning of the election saying she was "working at the polls to ensure a free and fair election?" No, that's not true: Laura Kronen and her son were sent home from the Johns Creek, Georgia, polling station just before voting was to begin on November 8, 2022, because election officials learned of a Facebook post in which Kronen wrote "Mike Pence is a traitor" and boasted she was tear-gassed as she "stormed the Capitol Building" on January 6, 2021, according to an elections official with direct knowledge of the firing. Kronen's lawyer told Lead Stories in an email a month later that the post was used "as a deflection and pretext" to justify the firing, which he said was actually because of "their conservative political beliefs." Either way, the claim that the mother and child were "kicked out" because of a tweet saying she "was working at the polls to ensure a free and fair election" was not supported.

The claim originated in a tweet posted by @LauraKronen on November 8, 2022 (archived here), which read:

My son and I were just KICKED OUT OF BEING A FULTON COUNTY POLL WORKER because I posted on Twitter this morning that I was working at the polls to ensure a free and fair election. HELP!

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue Nov 8 22:01:44 2022 UTC)

Johns Creek Police arrived at the polling station in response to a "disorderly person" report about 15 minutes before the 7 a.m. opening of the voting booths, according to the police report obtained by Lead Stories. The supervising police officer wrote that when he arrived, he was told that "poll worker Laura Kronen had been relieved of her duties and asked to leave the polling place" by the poll manager and that her son was also "relieved of his duties." County elections official Nadine Williams "informed me that it was brought to her attention that Laura Kronen had made derogatory posts on her (Laura's) social media account," the officer wrote:

Williams stated the Secretary of State's office reviewed Kronen's social media page and found other posts of concern. Williams stated the Secretary of State's office told her that it was up to Williams if she wanted Krone removed from the polling place. Williams stated her office decided to have the Kronen's removed"
Also from the police report:

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(Source: Screenshot of Johns Creek Police report taken Tues Nov 8, 2022)

Fulton County spokeswoman Regina Waller sent this statement to Lead Stories:

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.

While the statement did not specify what social media post triggered the firing, an elections official with direct knowledge of the decision told Lead Stories it was this now-deleted Facebook post in which Kronen boasts about being at the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol insurrection, The post included several images appearing to show her at the Capitol along with this text:

I stood up for what's right today in Washington DC. This election was a sham. Mike Pence is a traitor. I was tear gassed FOUR times. I have pepper spray in my throat. I stormed the Capitol Building. And my children have had the best learning experience of their lives."

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(Source: Twitter.com screenshot taken Mon Nov 8, at 12:37:00 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories found other active social media posts in which Kronen confirmed she was among the protesters storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, including this September 2, 2022, tweet:

How come they only make it seem like there were less than 10,000 people at January 6 where there were clearly over a million. (I know. I saw it with my own eyes). I also didn't see a single person enter the capitol from my vantage point.

Lead Stories also found tweets that might call into question Kronen's ability to be an impartial poll worker. These tweets attacked Georgia Democratic Sen. Paul Warnock:

This tweet was against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams:

Still, it was the Facebook post about the January 6 insurrection -- not the tweets about the current election -- that resulted in the firing of Kronen and her son, according to the election official.

A lawyer for Kronen in an email to Lead Stories on December 8, 2022, said election officials were not being truthful about why the mother and child were asked to leave the polling station:

The 'finding' of the Jan 6 post occurred well after Mrs. Kronen's (and her minor son's) 'firing' and then used as a deflection and pretext from the actual truth of them being fired -- that they were discriminated against for their conservative political beliefs.

Updates:

  • 2022-12-09T22:11:36Z 2022-12-09T22:11:36Z
    Headline revised to add "election official" as source of claim firing was based on Jan 6 post; adds Kronen lawyer denial in opening paragraph and full quote lower in the story; blurring name of Kronen's teen son from police report image at the request of family lawyer.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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