Today’s Virginian-Pilot reports the following:
The Associated Press © December 10, 2008
Free-speech advocates are suing Virginia election officials over guidelines that prohibit voters from wearing apparel with political messages at the polls.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and The Rutherford Institute filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Richmond. They represent two voters who allegedly were told to remove or cover up campaign buttons or stickers when they went to vote on Nov. 4.
Defendants are the State Board of Elections and the voter registrars of Richmond and Fairfax County.
The board has said its guidelines merely follow a state law against electioneering at the polls. The plaintiffs say the guidelines violate voters’ First Amendment rights.
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