CNN: New Mexico voter turned away for wearing an Obama Shirt

A woman couldnt vote becuase she was wearing an obama t-shirt.  But they an put an early vote site near a liqour store? Whats wrong with this picture. Even the county clerk thought the law was stupid.  In the end, she got to vote by turning her shirt inside out.

Remember to tell your friends in NM not to wear political items while voting.

Tags: New Mexico, obama (all tags)



New Mexico voter turned away for Obama Shirt

Isn't that the law everywhere? I had to remove all of my campaign stickers and buttons before voting in the primary.

by LakersFan 2008-10-21 11:52AM | 0 recs
It's... discretionary in pa

I got to vote with my button on. some old biddy decided that soemone else should have to make obama's face scrunched up in order to vote (roll shoulders forward) -- not in my city!. i don't know...

by RisingTide 2008-10-21 12:57PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico voter turned away for Obama Shirt

It's the law in TX. Each site has a paper vest to give to people wearing t-shirts with a candidate on it. It is considered electioneering, which is usually not allowed within 100 feet of voting.

by Lolis 2008-10-21 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico voter turned away for Obama Shirt

That's good that they supply paper vests to cover up. Shows they're prepared and not trying to use it as an excuse to prevent people from voting.

by LakersFan 2008-10-21 02:16PM | 0 recs
Re: New Mexico voter turned away

The point being seeing a liquor store would be promoting McCain?  I can see that, works for me.  

by anna shane 2008-10-21 04:06PM | 0 recs

Um, no electioneering near the polls.  Makes perfect sense.  Voters really should understand that.

by mady 2008-10-21 11:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Rules

There is a huge difference between active and passive "electioneering."  Wearing a shirt or button is, at worst, passive electioneering and will have no impact on anyone else's choice of whom to vote for.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-10-21 01:04PM | 0 recs

i usually wear a jacket and hide my stuff until i round the corner. There should also be signs posted that say "no electioneering beyond this point"

by sepulvedaj3 2008-10-21 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: CNN: New Mexico voter turned away

Depends on the state, some states have laws preventing electioneering, some don't.

by John in Chicago 2008-10-21 12:11PM | 0 recs
This is quite common

And if applied even handed, I have no problem with it. These laws are designed to prevent electioneering in the polling place.  One my first job out of college was to work on a Congressional campaign. Part of my duties was to accompany the candidate into the field. On election day, she went to vote with her daugther who was wearing a tshirt, backing her mom's campaign. She wasn't allowed to enter the polling place until she covered the shirt up, so I had to lend her my jacket.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-10-21 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: CNN: New Mexico voter turned away for wearing

Some precinct workers are anal about this stuff.  Years ago a friend of mine wore a button with the Polish Solidarity Union logo on it, and they made him take it off even though Lech Walesa wasn't on the ballot.

by Drummond 2008-10-21 12:41PM | 0 recs
Re: CNN: New Mexico voter turned away for wearing

I think it's best no matter where you live or vote leave your campaign buttons, T-shirts, hats whatever at home. Always better to avoid the hassle in the first place.

by jsfox 2008-10-21 12:57PM | 0 recs
Re: CNN: New Mexico voter

That's the problem with laws - it's really hard to write them to distinguish between innocent expression and electioneering.  So everything gets banned.

I'm fine with it.

by Jess81 2008-10-21 01:47PM | 0 recs
Re: CNN: New Mexico voter turned away for wearing

this isn't weird, nor do i have any problem with her not being allowed to vote with the tee-shirt.

by LeftistAddiction 2008-10-21 02:14PM | 0 recs
It is this way

in most places. Even in WA state you can not wear campaign "gear" into the polling place.

by kevin22262 2008-10-21 03:28PM | 0 recs
Don't wear one in Virginia too

Although its pretty much up to the poll workers, the Virginia Board of Elections are saying that apparel with either candidates or election issues printed on them are "Verbotten".

ACLU is taking them up on it, but just in case, bring a black garbage bag with you in case you have to cover up.

by mydailydrunk 2008-10-21 04:41PM | 0 recs


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