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Elections have a dress code, too. Here's what can get you turned away from the polls

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

If you want to make a political fashion statement while voting, you may want to check your state's rules first. Some states have banned voters at the polls from wearing anything with a political message.

Most states restrict campaigning within a certain distance from a polling place to allow people to vote without interference.

"The laws are specific to each state, and they are enforced by poll workers," says Richard Hasen, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine.

in the polling place," Texas law states.

Not all states have banned political attire at the polls.

In Iowa, voters can wear clothes or buttons with political affiliations -- but they have to leave a polling place as soon as they cast their ballots.

"Campaigning or electioneering of any kind in a polling place is illegal; loitering in a polling place while wearing political items is considered electioneering," Iowa's elections website says.

In June 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled against a Minnesota law that prohibited wearing political clothing at a polling place on Election Day. A group of voters sued after being asked to cover up when they went to a polling place wearing T-shirts and pins in support of the Tea Party, the conservative movement.

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