Monday, October 18, 2010

Americans wearing Tea Party gear turned away from polls

It has begun...
Several Dallas Tea Party members report being not allowed to vote today while wearing Gadsden flag t shirts and pins and Dallas Tea Party shirts. Today was the first day of early voting in the State of Texas. The Dallas Tea Party is currently investigating and speaking with lawyers to determine how to respond.
Reportedly, several members at different polling places throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex were told they could not vote while wearing clothing articles depicting the Gadsden flag, pin and/or the Dallas Tea Party. They were told by polling officials wearing these articles represented electioneering at the polling place, which is illegal.
More here at angrywhitedude.
My question is, how is it electioneering if the Tea Party is not a political party? How is the Gadsden Flag electioneering any more than the American Flag would be?


Chris W said...


I guess electioneering is only a right reserved for those in the ruling class like the FLOTUS.

John Carey said...

This is what the left does Opie...lie, cheat, and steal elections.

Just a conservative girl said...

I actually wouldn't be surprised if this sticks in court.

While they are not technically a party, everyone knows where they stand, which in turn could be construed as electioneering.

As a person who has been a poll watcher for the past three elections I can see that a court may say the polling place was trying to stay true to the letter of the law. In Virginia the law is that you cannot wear anything that supports a candidate or party. The Tea Party in this election cycle is supporting the republicans in the vast majority of cases. You wouldn't be able to get away with wearing something very pro choice in Virginia either, so it should be fair. Now Texas law may be different, but I can see that in VA you may well get turned away.

They Say/We Say said...

That was pushing the envelope-don't do that.
I guess you all have heard from the news about what happened in Houston? Harris county is the largest voting district in Texas; and is as large as some States on the East Coast.
Last month or the month before, a suspicious warehouse fire--Burned up all the Voting Machines for Harris county.
Harris county is largely a Republican District.
Today on the news the District Clerk said that they are ready for everything to move forward, and should be able to have the polls ready for Nov.2.
I have been wondering if this made it to the news out side of Texas.
Of course, most of the Reps are safe here-sense this is not a National Election does not rise to panic for the Congressional Race.
The Dem.'s Offer a shady guy who was Mayor of Houston for the Governors Race. We Will See if Voting is on the Up and Up.
Texas doesn't need a shady DemocRat Governor for the 2012 Election!

Always On Watch said...

I live in Virginia, so it is a given that wearing any kind of political-party gear is strictly forbidden on the grounds that there is no campaigning whatsoever allowed at the polling places. Maybe we can still wear an American-flag shirt here, but I have my doubts.

Paladin said...

I guess the thinking is that if you let nice, polite people in to vote while wearing a Tea Party shirt it could lead to something awful happening - like maybe the New Black Panthers might take advantage of the opportunity to stand out front and intimidate voters or something.

What?... they already do that?

Nevermind then.

Slamdunk said...

Good post and thanks for the perspective via comment CG. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Reaganite Republican said...

Maybe it IS electioneering- they've got a point legally

But I want to see Michelle Obama called out for electioneering in a polling place just last week... she broke the same law -ON TV- and got away with it

LL said...

If you're a member of the New Black Panther Party or if you're Michelle Obama, campaigning inside a voting place for her inept husband - it can be overlooked and DOJ has a policy of not prosecuting any black person who does it.

However for the rest of us, (and I agree with the law) wearing a Tea Party shirt or any other political statement should be prohibited.

In the post-Obama presidency DOJ will be set right.

The_Kid said...

What LL said.

Maggie Thornton said...

If these Tea Partiers are worth their conservative message, they went home and dumped the shirt for something without a message.

I don't have a problem with this, but I know it is not enforced in liberal polling places. That I do have a problem with.

kid said...

If the Tea Party is not a political party what is Christine O'Donell repersenting?

The Vegas Art Guy said...

If they also turn away voters who have the 'hope' and 'change' shirts, then it's all good. But if this is aimed only on those at the right (which I suspect is the case) then they need to take legal action. As for me, I'll be wearing a shirt with Old Glory on it when I do my early voting next week.