Judge tells Shelby County Election Commission to let campaign workers use bathrooms at polling places

Local Elections

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The volunteers work the polls for their candidates. It’s not an easy job, especially on a hot day.

They finally have a place to find the relief they often need.

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say man has the right to use the bathroom. It’s just one of those unwritten things that have been passed down over centuries.

President Franklin Roosevelt did not say the only thing we have to fear is not finding a bathroom in time. The Great Depression didn’t get its name from not letting people use the facilities.

However, there was a great depression among some campaign workers in Shelby County, when they were told they couldn’t use bathrooms in polling places.

One campaign worker told me, “I was working at a poll at the election commission two weeks ago, and I was told you can’t use it. I had to go somewhere else.”

So he did.

Arguing and debating a point are pretty time consuming, and sometimes, you just don’t have the time.

But after some people asked a federal court judge for action, they got it.

A judge ruled let them go, and Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips says go they shall.

Even though she’s a little p-o’d about it.

“Well, I think there were some things not thought through real well,” she says. “One of the problems is we have several locations you actually have to walk through the polling location to get to the bathrooms.”

This isn’t the end of the issue. They’ll get through the Memphis Municipal elections, but Linda Phillips says they’ll be taking about it.

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