Skip to comments.Woman Blocked from Voting over 'Bible' T-Shirt
Posted on 11/01/2012 12:45:38 PM PDT by massmike
A woman was blocked from early voting near Austin, Texas, last week after wearing a T-shirt that said "Vote the Bible."
A pro-family group called Texas Values said election workers told resisdent Kay Hill at the Taylor City Hall polling place in Williamson County her shirt was quote "offensive."
She was told to turn the shirt inside out, go home and change, or cover up the words "Vote the Bible."
Hill tried to disagree but was eventually forced to cover up her Bible message. Poll workers reportedly provided a jacket for her to wear over the shirt.
"It's outrageous that a person of faith would be mistreated this way while trying to vote," Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, said. "If this isn't voter intimidation, I don't know what is."
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Williamson County is generally conservative, the opposite of Travis County where Austin is located. I don’t know about the city of Taylor.
Nothing wrong with the Tee-shirt, nor with advertisements promoting one candidate over the other, ...just don’t take them into the voting place or within its approach,...law says something like 100ft of the entrance, I believe.
I’m wearing my
“keep the change”
T-shirt this Tuesday.
It will be covered under my jacket before I vote.
After I pull the lever, my jacket comes off and I proudly walk out.
I’d bet that a “Vote AGAINST the Bible” T-Shirt would have been just fine, though...
No electioneering for God within 500 feet of the polls.
I think some people just enjoy kicking the hornets’ nest;)
I wouldn’t wear a shirt like that but what if it was a Catholic nun in a habit?
A Jew wearing a yarmulke?
In Maryland and WV voters are allowed to display campaign buttons while voting. They can not atempt to influence voters while there or loiter either before of after voting. This was a religious T shirt not campaign material and should have been allowed.
Now if this lady was smart she would have worn a shirt with an American flag on it. That is acceptable. That is not electioneering. That is being patriotic and quite allowed.
No cell phones turned on. No cameras. No campaign signs. You are supposed to just go in to vote.
She should’a been wearing a “Sharia uber Alles” t-shirt.
A Muslim in explosive underpants?
But something as non-specific as "Vote the Bible" must surely be outside of such regulations. What in particular does it promote from a partisan point of view?
Put not thy trust in princes? Hosanna to the Son of David? Woe to you rich?
Meanwhile, a second woman who sported a tee shirt marked, “F**k your neighbor’s mate, Abort the baby, Take drugs, Lie, Cheat, and Steal!” was admitted without challenge.
Naturally, the woman voted for Obama.
...unless it's about 11 degrees out,of course!
LOL, Good one! My husband has several anti-Obama/Democrat T-shirts. I sort of cringe when he goes out in public wearing:
Democraps - The change that splatters.
When in doubt wear a burka...eveyone is afraid
to mess with that sh*t!. s/
things that may be considered offensive must be covered up?
then homos need to be covered up, as they offend me radically
.... what would we say if the Muslims in Dearborn Michigan (aka Dearbornistan)wore t shirts saying “Vote Allah” ????
Or other t-shirts “Vote White” ... “Vote Black”.... “Vote Conservative” .... “Vote Liberal”....
Sorry to say, she is wrong on this one.
I wouldn’t want to see a “Vote the Koran” T-shirt at a polling station.
Go in to vote carrying/dragging a cross.
Personally, I agree with her T-shirt slogan -- BUT, IMO,... any shirt with, "VOTE -- [anything]" displayed on it is blatant "electioneering", and deserves to be excluded from polling places.
Exactly, it’s called electioneering, and it’s generally prohibited within a certain distance of the polls.
Those wouldn’t be prohibited, since they are not attempting to influence anyone’s vote, therefore, not electioneering.
I think some people like pushing other people around.
Heh... just think if someone applied a dozen or so "Nobama" iron-on transfers to a burka? My, that would sure cause some conflicted feelings. ;-)
It’s not outside the regulations when they slap the word “Vote” on it. They’ve put themselves squarely inside the regulations at that point.
I suspect if she had been wearing “John 3:16”, that would have been allowed, but the imperative, “Vote ...” triggered their response.
Would a T-shirt that just said "Vote" be prohibited?
Or ‘Vote the Koran’
The article doesn't say anything about electioneering, it says
How much longer will the American flag be acceptable?
Probably not, since it’s not trying to influence the vote in any way, but saying “Vote This” or “Vote That” clearly is an attempt to influence others’ votes, even if it is vague.
At my polling place, the poll workers give out "I just voted" stickers to people when they vote. They should all be put in jail.
How does her shirt favor one side or the other? It is as American as apple pie.
I would have called the Police and requested assistance in getting in to vote.
These peons have no Constitutional Authority to prevent people from voting
Ok, here’s my idea incorporating everything we’ve discussed here:
Wear a Burka with American flag imprinted on the front & BIBLE written right under it! That should work!
Exactly. This was not electioneering for the simple reason that the "Bible" is not on the ballot. END of discussion. Police should have been called, and these people should have been arrested if they didn't back down. If the cop refused the arrest, a formal complaint should have been made, and these people should be sued in their personal capacities, because they have NO authority to stop this person from voting. NONE. This is fricking outrageous.
“Those wouldnt be prohibited, since they are not attempting to influence anyones vote, therefore, not electioneering.”
I get your point but I doubt that The Bible was on the ballot.
What a world. :-)
My sister is a poll worker in Wisconsin and she told me you can wear t-shirts and buttons into the polling places, you just can’t campaign within 100 yards. She does work in a very conservative district.
I’m a conservative and a Christian, and here’s my take: “Offensive” wasn’t the word to use. “Illegal” is more like it. A shirt that says “vote” anything is a political message and should be left at home when voting. It has no business being worn at a polling place.
You captured my reaction exactly.
If her shirt said “Follow the Bible” I would take her side in this.
Well then what about VETO “0” Same letters just changed around
Something not related to a given election is simply not electioneering---
All the voting locations in Iowa have big signs loudly encouraging citizens to “VOTE HERE”. I don’t know anything about Here or Here’s platform, but Here gets away with campaigning ten feet from all the polls in Iowa every election. Here’s some sort of perennial candidate, like LaRouche.
The problem is, you don’t think those are trying to influence someone’s vote, but someone else would. So, it’s too subjective of a standard. I think that’s why the laws are so broad, to err on the safe side.
I’m actually surprised, after reading your post, that no Chicago politicians have tried changing their last name to “Here” just for the election. There are actually quite a few cases of Chicago judges changing their names to sound Irish, because they know people tend to have no idea who the judges are, and just vote for all the O’Briens and McConnellys out of ethnic loyalty.