Since reaching the age of eighteen, there hasn’t been a national or local election that I’ve missed. Most times my visit to the polling takes place as soon as the polling station opens at 6am usually looking like I just crawled out of bed (because that’s what I did). You see here in New York there is no dress code for voters, as long as one is not wearing something promoting someone who is running, that’s pretty standard for most states including Missouri. But this week in Kansas City Mo., one poll watcher invented another criterion, they have to like what the voter is wearing.
During this past Tuesday’s primary Randy Thornton, a registered Republican voter in Kansas City was told he wasn’t allowed to enter the polling place because he was Make America Great (MAGA) hat on his head. Now unless I pulled a Rip Van Winkle and slept for two years, President Trump wasn’t running in this week’s GOP primary.
Thornton only wanted to perform his sacred American duty of casting his vote in the Missouri primary was told by a poll worker on Tuesday that he was not allowed to vote because he was wearing one of the president’s signature campaign hats. The Democrat poll worker was apparently triggered by the MAGA hat and, like all Democrats revealed his inner Maxine Waters by telling the voter to leave the polling place.
Imagine, an American trying to disenfranchise his neighbor over a simple hat. But that is precisely what happened, according to the Kansas City Star. But the liberal hater got a surprise when his minders told him he got the law wrong.
An election worker told a Clay County man he couldn’t wear a “Make America Great Again” hat while voting in Kansas City, North on Tuesday.
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But the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office said he could, in fact, wear the hat because it doesn’t pertain to this primary election, according to Tiffany Ellison, a director with the Clay County Election Board.
The man attempted to vote at the Northland Cathedral.
Ellison, a Democrat, said that after a polling worker asked the man to remove his hat, he became “upset” and “combative.” Police eventually escorted the man out, Ellison said.
Thornton’s anger can be understood. After all, Democrats tried to prevent him from voting, and they enlisted the police, who sided with the lunatic liberals, who tossed him out. I think I might get a tad “combative,” too. Especially if it was when I vote at 6am before my first can of Red Bull (which by the way does not make one grow wings I have my wife check my back every few days).
Missouri law makes it a misdemeanor to wear political apparel within 25 feet of a polling location but only when it pertains to a specific candidate or issue on the ballot. And since the President won’t be running for re-election till 2020 as Sigmund Freud might say, “sometimes a hat is just a hat.”
After Randy called the Secretary of State’s Office and was told wearing the hat did not break voting laws, he heard from the local election board.
“(The Clay County Election Board) called him to let him know he could go back up there. He thanked us and apologized for his behavior,” Ellison said.
In New York, there is no dress code to vote, but sadly, as proven by our two Senators and our governor, there is no minimum I.Q. for voting. What this incident demonstrates is that in Missouri there is no minimum I.Q. for poll watchers.
Cross-posted with The Lid
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