Man Turned Away From Voting for Wearing Pro-Second Amendment Shirt

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February 22, 2014 10:42am PST

Chris Driskell put on a t-shirt that proudly proclaims his support for the 2nd amendment and headed to the polls at a courthouse in Hempstead, Texas to vote in the Republican primary.

The logo on the front and back of the shirt read, “2nd Amendment – America’s Original Homeland Security.”

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It was not too long until Driskell felt a tap on his shoulder as one of the poll workers approached and informed him that that shirt could not be worn while voting.

Driskell says that at first he thought it was just a liberal poll-worker who disagreed with his views. “I didn’t quite understand it at first,” he said. “I was thinking they just didn’t like something about the 2nd Amendment.”

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It turns out that the election officials were actually enforcing section 85.036 of the Texas Election Code which states:

 “During the time an early voting polling place is open for the conduct of early voting, a person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party in or within 100 feet of an outside door through which a voter may enter the building or structure in which the early voting polling place is located.”

I’ll be the first to say that I believe Driskell had every right to vote with his Second Amendment shirt on in accordance with the Texas Election Code. It is not “electioneering” to profess your support for the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment is not a campaign slogan, or part of a campaign platform, and should never become the subject of controversy. It is a core piece of the Constitution and enshrined in the fabric of this nation. The Second Amendment protects Driskell’s right to participate in the democratic process and to cast his vote as he pleases.

Would they stop him if he wore a shirt that was pro-First Amendment? Of course not. That would be hypocritical absurdity.

Luckily, someone was able to provide Driskell with a suit jacket so he was able to eventually cast his vote that morning.

It’s your turn to weigh in. Has anyone ever stopped you at the polls for “electioneering?” Do you think Driskell was “electioneering?” Let us know in the comments section below.

(h/t: KHOU, KVUE)

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