Samira Warsame said she felt like an animal on election day when she was working at a Toronto polling station and her supervisors told her to "be quiet" after a voter compared the niqab to a gorilla mask.

When Warsame, who was wearing a hijab, not a niqab, tried to defend Islam, her Elections Canada supervisor and another woman accused her of being partisan. She says she was silenced.

"They took my voice away from me," a crying Warsame said. "It wasn't just me he was attacking, it was the whole Muslim community."

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