Voters wearing pro-gun apparel are increasingly being told they can’t vote by election officials.
In the most recent example, a poll worker told a Georgia veteran wearing a “National Rifle Association Instructor” hat that he couldn’t wear his hat in the voting booth because it was “too closely associated” with the Republican Party and the Tea Party.
“It kind of caught me off guard,” the veteran, Bundy Cobb, said, who was wearing the hat to promote his firearms training business.
The Douglas, Ga., County Board of Elections supervisor, Laurie Fulton, claimed the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
“The courts have found that anything that suggests association with the NRA in many people’s perceptions is associated with the Republican Party,” Fulton told Fox Atlanta. “So in an overabundance of caution Mr. Cobb was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were playing any favoritism over one party versus the other.”
But when the Daily Caller asked Fulton to cite the court case, she couldn’t nor could she cite anything prohibiting NRA apparel.
That’s because NRA membership has nothing to do with party affiliation.
“I know personally some Democrats who are members of the NRA,” Cobb said.
Earlier this year, a Texas man wearing a pro-gun t-shirt was similarly thrown out of a voting booth by election officials.
Chris Driskill was prevented from voting at the Waller County Courthouse after officials claimed he was violating Texas Election Code section 85.036 by wearing a shirt stating “Second Amendment – 1789 – America’s Original Homeland Security.”
“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 or you’ll have to leave,’” Driskill told KVUE.
The election code states “a person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party” in or within 100 feet of a voting location, but the Second Amendment has nothing to do with a political candidate or a party – it’s an inalienable human right.
In the eyes of these election officials, however, if you support a basic human right recognized by the Second Amendment, you can’t vote!