LeBron James has criticized an incident in which a woman was apparently denied her right to vote in New York City, calling it a “frame-up.
The footage, first shared on Twitter on Monday from an account called “Fifty Shades of Whey”, which has logged more than 5 million views, shows a woman standing in line to vote at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center in Borough Hall, Queens.
As the video begins, the woman is heard complaining to a man who is recording the footage that she may not be allowed into the polling place.
“She was standing in line at 4:00 p.m., I saw her standing in line. They told her that everything was closed because it was 4 p.m., but she arrived here and it was 4 p.m. and they told her that she could not vote. She is the last person in the line. She has been standing outside in the rain for 20 minutes. All they have to do is let her choose,” the man said.
A woman in NYC is denied the right to vote even though she arrives on time and pic.twitter.com/sJ3sLkoYtU is waiting in the queue
– Fifty Shades of Whey (@daveneworld_2) November 2, 2020
James retweeted the video and subtitled it: “Do you see the structure correctly?
With the “More Than a Vote” initiative, which he launched together with former First Lady Michelle Obama, the star of the Los Angeles Lakers campaign campaigned for the vote in the November 3 elections.
The campaign also aimed to combat voter oppression and misinformation, targeting mainly black voters.
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– LeBron James (@KingJames) November 3, 2020
In New York City, early voting was permitted between October 24 and November 1, with sites closing at 4 p.m. on weekends. In the video, both the woman and the man filming her admit that she should not have been allowed in if she arrived after 4:00 p.m.
“When it is literally 4:00 p.m., you can come here and vote,” she says.
As the line continues, the few people in front of the woman are allowed into the polling place, but as she approaches the door, a policeman moves to close the door in front of her.
The woman tries to keep the door open and enter the premises, but the voter in front of the woman closes it behind her, causing the man who filmed the video to protest.
“She was standing in line at 4:00 p.m., you have to let her in,” he says….