What not to wear while voting

What not to wear while voting

Voters are generally asked to leave attire supporting a candidate on the ballot at home before they vote. | Steve Sanchez Photo/Shutterstock Candidate merchandise is a no-go, but other political apparel is allowed. Voters are generally asked to leave political attire at home before they vote – wearing a Joe Biden shirt or a MAGA hat could cause minor issues at polling places. But poll workers cannot turn voters away for any other political messaging, from Black Lives Matter banners to Second Amendment pins. If it’s not on the ballot, you’re free to wear what you want. State election law states that electioneering is not allowed inside polling places, or within a 100-foot radius. That means that “ no political banner, button, poster or placard shall be allowed in or upon the polling place. ” While the law is really meant to prevent campaigns from harassing voters trying to cast their ballots, it also applies to individual voters who wear merchandise from the candidate or political party of their choice. In theory, electioneering can lead to a misdemeanor charge if someone does not comply with poll workers directives. But in a 2016 Gannett Albany story , a spokesperson for the state Board of Elections said that poll workers don’t make a “big deal” out of someone showing up in candidate attire and that they just ask that person to turn a shirt inside out or remove any buttons before going inside to vote. The BOE did not return a […]

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