Texas Voter Forced to Cover Up Second Amendment Shirt Before Being Allowed to Vote
It’s pretty much common knowledge that you’re not allowed to campaign in and around polling places during elections. Makes sense, you want to keep the voting areas as impartial as possible.
However, who would have thought that wearing a shirt that shows support for one of the amendments of the Bill of Rights would be considered “campaigning”?
That’s exactly what happened to one man in Texas when he went to cast his vote wearing a Second Amendment shirt.
According to KENS5,
Driskill, employed as a private security guard in Houston, went to the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead on Tuesday to cast his early-voting ballot in the Republican Primary. He was wearing a black T-shirt with a logo on the front and back that says “2nd Amendment – America’s Original Homeland Security.” The words circle a skull and crossbones where the “bones” are short-barrel pistol grip shotguns.
“I heard a gentleman’s voice over my shoulder say ‘he can’t vote with that shirt on. You’ll have to either turn it inside out our you’ll have to leave,’” Driskill said of the polling place encounter.
Driskill was allowed to vote when someone loaned him a jacket that covered the graphic on his shirt.
To be fair, it appears Texas election officials also made a Democratic voter remove a shirt that depicted Barack Obama and his family in 2011. That one I can understand a little more since Obama is a politician and is associated with a political party. The Second Amendment is a part of the Bill of Rights which is in turn part of the Constitution of the United States.