Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Election rumors begin

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Democracy North Carolina just sent out this statement asking for help in squashing a rumor. Just last week I talked with their executive director, Bob Hall, for this story.

Apparently, a rumor is circulating that you won't be allowed to vote if you wear a campaign button or other election-related attire to the polls. Not true.

Here's an exact reply to the question from State Board of Elections attorney Don Wright:

From: Don Wright  

Subject:  another elections myth???

This is a false rumor that is growing like wildfire. Of course it is false.

The rumor started from statements made on the Steve Harvey Radio Show. I visited their website and looked at the e-mails and this rumor was there.

Our position is and always has been......

A voter may enter a voting place to vote wearing political items as long as they proceed to vote in an orderly and timely manner, and do not attempt to electioneer within the voting place. A voter wearing a T-shirt saying "Vote for X" who shouts "vote for X" or places his T-shirt in the sightline of voters asking support for "X" is obviously electioneering and will be asked to refrain from the conduct at once, and if they continue will be removed.

A voter who is wearing a political cap, T-shirt, or button and does not electioneer within the polling place will be allowed to vote in a normal matter.

Democracy North Carolina urges people who are mistreated at the polls to call Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, Democracy North Carolina at 1-888-OUR-VOTE or the SBOE at 866-522-4723.

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