SALT LAKE CITY — A Kansas City, Missouri, voter said he was asked to take off his “Make America Great Again” hat before voting in the special election this past week, according to The Kansas City Star.
An election worker told the man to remove his MAGA hat at the voting booth. But the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office said he could wear the hat because the hat didn’t represent a candidate in the primary election.
In Missouri, it’s a misdemeanor to wear any political apparel within 25 feet of a polling location when that attire mentions a specific candidate or voting issue.
Tiffany Ellison, a director with the Clay County Election Board, said the man became “upset” and “combative” when a worker asked him to remove the hat.
One witness said he refused to remove his hat and “started (to) film the voters. When told to stop, he argued with the officials.”
There was an incident at the polling place in Northland Cathedral on Oak in Kansas City, Mo. A slightly inebriated, belligerent man wearing a red hat was asked to remove his political hat and refused and started film the voters. When told to stop, he argued with the officials.
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The man called the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, which said the man didn’t break any laws.
“(The Clay County Election Board) called him to let him know he could go back up there. He thanked us and apologized for his behavior,” Ellison said.
The question about wearing political attire while voting has been raised throughout the country. Several states, including Texas and Minnesota, have laws prohibiting people from wearing political attire while filling out their ballots.
Utah has some prohibited activities, including disallowing people to “engage in any practice that interferes with the freedom of voters to vote or disrupts the administration of the polling place.” No mentions of clothing or attire exist on the Utah State Legislature page.
Back in June, the Supreme Court ruled that “overly broad state laws that ban wearing political messages inside polling places are unconstitutional,” according to USA Today.
The Supreme Court struck down a century-old Minnesota law, which was challenged by a voter who was turned away for wearing a Tea Party shirt and a “Please I.D. Me” button, USA Today reported.
The Supreme Court said Minnesota doesn’t identify what is and what isn’t allowed at its polling station, …read more
Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News