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Virginia Bans Campaign Apparel at Polls, Bad Ban on Buttons?


If you want to make a voting fashion statement on election day, you better check your state's election law. The Virginia board of elections just banned voters from wearing campaign apparel, including T-shirts, hats, and buttons, when they go vote on Nov. 4, a decision which is sure to cause some confusion.

The officials want to prevent polling places from being dominated by any candidate's supporters. They hope the ban will help voters cast their private ballots free of pressure or influence. The ACLU argued to the election board that the ban violates free speech.

Virginia is not alone in prohibiting campaign clothing inside polling places. Do you disagree with Virgina's stance that the rule is a necessary protection of the right to vote free of undue influence?

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