Here's What You Can And Cannot Wear While Voting So You Don't Get Arrested
Depending on the state, there are laws against taking selfies at polling places,so you might want to think twice before whipping out your cell phone when you vote.
If you didn't know selfies are often a no-no when voting, it's not entirely your fault.
America's voting system is definitely far too complicated, and it's hard to know all of the laws surrounding it (if you find yourself completely lost, we've got a guide for you right here).
But, before you vote, it's good to know the dos and don'ts if you want to avoid getting in trouble.
There are even voting laws surrounding what you wear, which a man in Texas recently found out the hard way.
The man wore a Trump hat and a t-shirt that said “basket of deplorables.”
As a consequence, he was arrested during the first day of early voting in Bulverde, a small town around 30 minutes north of San Antonio.
This isn't because he supports Trump, but due to a crime known as electioneering, which prohibits campaigning for, or promoting a political candidate within a designated space around a polling place.
The Supreme Court upheld states' powers to ban electioneering back in 1992.
Different states have different laws on what you can and cannot do at your polling place in terms of electioneering.
In Delaware, for example, you can't partake in any discussion at all regarding issues, candidates or partisan topics.
But, as noted above, electioneering laws can also extend to your wardrobe.
If you end up rocking an “I'm With Her,” or “Make America Great Again” t-shirt to your polling place, you might be asked to turn it inside out in some states, for example.
The man who was arrested in Bulverde, Texas was given this option, but ultimately refused, the Washington Post reports. He reportedly wanted to make a point and ended up in handcuffs because of it.
In general, it's not a bad idea to consider avoiding wearing any campaign, or politics-related clothing when you vote.
There's definitely a strong case to be made for reforming America's voting laws.
Regardless, you should still vote.
Yes, the laws might suck, but we can't change anything about our political system unless we're active participants in it.
It's your vote that ultimately speaks for your politics, not your clothing.
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