What attire can I wear to the polls on election day?
October 6, 2008 10:26 AM Subscribe
posted by cashman (55 comments total)
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A dress code
at the polls? Many
states have 'electioneering' laws in place that can be broadly interpreted to mean that clothing with political messages is not allowed. Snopes put a page up
advising voters to check with their board of elections. Some election officials
have released statements attempting to clarify
[pdf] the enforcement of their state's electioneering laws, though those statements aren't legally binding. Other election officials are suing
to keep the broad definition of electioneering in place. If rules are interpreted to include campaign shirts and buttons, you will likely need to cover the item up, remove it, or otherwise conceal it.
With so many new voters, folks who have relocated, differences between the primaries and the general election and rules in flux in many states, I removed the state-by-state listing I originally began constructing in favor of having this post be a place where people can add the most recent state-specific updates as they become available. Reference - 2006 document
[pdf] linked from Snopes page with state-by-state information.