Election Day Law Ignores First Amendment

25 10 2008

Imagine waiting for three hours in line on Election Day to cast your ballot, but you’re turned away at the last second. Right before the voting booth, you’re turned away because you’re not wearing the right kind of sneakers.

You should have left your Nike Obama Air Force Ones at home.

Lawyers and campaigners have started bringing up a little known law that completely undermines the First Amendment on Election Day. They’ve started bringing it up, because it can prevent you from voting after you’ve waited for hours in line. Instead of being able to vote, you may be forced to go home and change.

This law prevents against the crime of “passive electioneering,” which is when voters wear political paraphernalia to the voting booth.

If you’re planning on voting, don’t wear anything that shows any kind of support for anything – you’re not allowed. Even though you’re going there to vote for who you think should run the country, for some reason, the people running the election don’t want you to show it.

Some republicans have argued that the outfits could get too outlandish.

Imagine people wearing musical hats to the voting booths. Wouldn’t that be complete and utter chaos? Blood would most likely run in the streets! If people could wear Obama and McCain pins to the election, they would no doubt take them off and start piecing each other relentlessly.

If you’re heading to the election booth, you’ve most likely made your mind about why you’re there. Someone wearing a McCain hat or Obama shirt isn’t going  to sway your vote or drive you to violence, so why waste taxpayer dollars creating laws on it?

Not only does it lack sense, but it has also damaged democracy and what we are supposed to believe in as a country. If I want to where an Obama Halloween costume when I go vote, I should be allowed. Everyone should just be happy that I’m voting, and stop being so picky.

Everyone is always telling everyone else to go out and vote, but if I show support when I go out and do it, then you won’t let me vote?

From what I can tell, our government only wants half a democracy. They want about 50 percent of us to vote, and the other half to stay home. For some reason, when we get too pumped up about an election, they have to make sure to bring us back down.

Please vote, but don’t be too excited about it, or else they might not let you.

Hopefully we’ll see a lot of publicity on this subject in the next week and a half.

And hopefully someone can explain to me how this isn’t a blatant violation of my First Amendment rights.

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27 10 2008
William Davis

A polling place should have a non-partisan atmosphere free of any possibility of intimidation. This is where we exercise an important privilege and duty that comes with our democracy. Many states have a law regulating campaigning within a certain distance of a polling place. I agree with these laws. What I agree with even more is that anyone going to vote should not have to wait for hours to cast a ballot. If that occurs, the civil libertarians should be after the forces that control how many voting machines are available in a precinct. That seems more important than trying to overturn laws that probably help prevent heated political discussions from starting and/or turning ugly at the polls.

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