The election in Louisiana has been called a “national embarrassment” by the state’s Democratic party and the national NAACP, and the NAACP has called on the state to suspend the results.
But what exactly happened?
A new documentary from filmmaker and civil rights activist Tekashi Johnson takes a look at the campaign in Louisiana and its implications for voting rights in the U.S. and the world.
Johnson began researching and filming the election in the state in early January, and he found himself in a situation he didn’t expect to be in.
Johnson, who is black, says he had to drive around to the county clerk’s office in St. Tammany Parish, just south of Baton Rouge, in order to vote.
“I was in the process of getting my voter registration documents when I realized that they were actually not in the right format,” Johnson told Fox News.
“So I was trying to get a provisional ballot.
I went to the office and I looked up the date and they were out of the form.
So I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?'”
Johnson said he was told by a clerk that the ballot would not be ready until Tuesday, which is one day away from the deadline to cast a ballot.
Johnson said he found out later that the clerk had not bothered to check that information with him.
The result was so close that Johnson told The Associated Press that the result he received in the poll books was his own.
Johnson says he believes his case was a “bizarre” case because Louisiana law was in a state of emergency after the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston in June, and it’s one of the few states in the country that doesn’t have a photo ID requirement.
Johnson told CNN that he did not file a complaint with the state.
But Johnson says he’s not surprised by what happened.
“There’s a history of disenfranchisement, in Louisiana.
There’s a long history of racism, in the form of disenfranchisements, in this country.
I just think there is a disconnect between what’s happening here and what is happening in other parts of the country,” Johnson said.
The election in St Tammany was the first in a string of “black lives matter” protests, protests that saw protests turned into confrontations with the police.
Johnson says that in addition to the protesters, he also encountered police, who he said “tried to intimidate” him.
Johnson’s film focuses on the events surrounding the protest, which took place at the end of June.
Johnson documented what happened after the protesters entered the polling location, including the police’s use of tear gas and pepper spray.
“We were there just like five minutes before the polls opened,” Johnson recounted.
“And the first thing that they did was tear gas them.
And the second thing that we saw was them shooting tear gas into us.
And I don’t know how many of you saw that, but it just happened.”
Johnson said that when he arrived at the polling place, he was handcuffed by police officers.
He said he says that’s when he noticed he was not allowed to vote, as the polling machines were not working.
Johnson said one of his friends was able to vote by using his photo ID, and Johnson said that after that, the police told him they would not let him vote.
Johnson believes the police could have easily prevented him from voting, but they chose not to.
“If they could have stopped me from voting and said, ‘I’m sorry we’re not able to allow you to vote,’ that would have been a whole lot different,” Johnson explained.
“And the only thing I can say is, if you were a white person, if that was the only reason you were denied the vote, I think that would be very, very unfair.
It would be an insult to the African American community, especially in the South.”
Johnson has previously documented other examples of disenfranchised people who have been denied the opportunity to vote on Election Day, including people who were prevented from voting because of the state of war and people who had their voting rights stripped by President Donald Trump.
In response to Johnson’s case, the NAACP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a number of voters who say they were denied access to the polls in the wake of the protests.
The lawsuit was settled with the elections board in August of 2017.
Johnson told Fox that he hopes his film, which premiered on Tuesday night on HBO, will help other disenfranchised voters and people across the country to understand the consequences of their actions.