Man told by Election Official ‘Turn your MAGA hat inside out or face Misdemeanor’ now SUING Texas
Oh great. Now we can’t even go to the polls wearing our hats. Of course this is a common unspoken rule at voting precincts around the country, and just so you know: most people don’t normally wear candidate gear to the polls, at least not in our area. However, there’s that one person who does it.
Not like it’s a bad thing, it’s just very few people who do it, contrary to what you may have seen in some states. But what’s the big deal with wearing a MAGA hat that gets everyone’s panties in such a bunch? That’s the real question.
As reported by wnd.com
“A Dallas-area man is suing in federal court to overturn a Texas election law after an election official insisted in November 2018 that he turn the MAGA hat he was wearing inside out at a polling precinct or face a misdemeanor charge.
The lawsuit asserts that the U.S. Constitution’s free speech provisions guarantee the right of voters to wear clothing that expresses their political beliefs on Election Day, including in locations where voting takes place.
But Texas law limits what can be worn inside and around polling places and “suffers from erratic and arbitrary enforcement,” according to the man’s legal complaint. The law prevents “the wearing of any apparel bearing an image that could be construed as relating to any person or issue that has been, currently is, or could be on a Texas ballot.” Election officials in the state have broad discretion to make on-the-spot judgments about the acceptability of items of clothing and have the authority to issue arrest warrants.
Attorney Wen Fa of the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a complaint for injunctive and declaratory relief and nominal damages in U.S. District Court in Houston on Feb. 28, on behalf of Anthony “Tony” Ortiz, who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat when he went to vote. Although President Trump was not on the ballot, the MAGA slogan is associated with him. The complaint alleges that Ortiz’s First Amendment free speech rights and Fourteenth Amendment due process rights were violated and that the Texas law itself violates the U.S. Constitution.
Fa told The Epoch Times in an interview that election officials’ conduct towards Ortiz was “very troubling.” The law “really stifles quite a bit of speech” and “opens up the door for viewpoint discrimination.”