posted on Sep, 27 2008 @ 08:09 AM
You are allowed to wear the shirts and buttons, at least you can in NC. According to our director of elections that email is a hoax to keep obama
voters from the poll.
"There are some states where you can't, but in North Carolina it is considered a First Amendment right," said Robert Coffman, the director of
elections in Forsyth County. "You are allowed to wear literature supporting a candidate or a cause."
An e-mail in circulation claims that people can't wear "any Obama shirts, pins or hats" when going to vote, and that people who do so risk being
turned away from the polls.
Eric Ellison, a local volunteer for the Obama campaign, said he thinks that the e-mail is a tactic to discourage Obama supporters from voting.
"We are expecting a record number of voters for this election," he said. "Any time there is a mass dissemination of misinformation it can only be
done to compromise people's right to vote."
Another Obama volunteer, Linda Lair, said that the e-mail seems like an effort to discourage people from wearing Obama gear -- and called it
Bill Miller, the chairman of the local Republican Party, said that when he visited the party headquarters yesterday he heard people talking about the
"They said they had heard it as a rumor and that it was going around pretty thickly," Miller said. He added he had not seen any e-mails about a
Apparently, the e-mail has been circulating for about two weeks. Coffman said that any time people have a concern about voting they can call the board
of elections to get the right answer -- in this case, that it is OK to wear buttons, hats and T-shirts bearing the name of a candidate. There are some
limits, Coffman said: People would not be allowed to carry a campaign sign with them or try to actively solicit votes. But things worn in support of a
candidate are fine.