What not to wear to the polls on Election Day
ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- Campaign paraphernalia is everywhere nowadays. People are sporting T-shirts, hats and pins touting their candidate of choice. But wearing your political allegiances can cause a problem at the polls.
Wearing a T-shirt like this one may cause you a problem at the polls in November.
In some states, what you wear to the voting booth could determine whether you are allowed to vote or be sent home to change.
Virginia's State Board of Elections has banned campaign clothing and other paraphernalia from inside all polling places on Election Day. In the past, it had been done only sporadically.
"We want to take this important step to make sure that the rules are applied uniformly throughout Virginia," said the board's James Alcorn.
In a two-to-one vote, the board said it was seeking to strike a balance between free speech and zones free of distractions and harassment.
The ruling prompted calls to CNN's Voter Hot Line.
"You can't wear [Barack] Obama shirts or hats or anything that pertains to the voter, you know, the nominee, and I want to know why," asked a caller from Norfolk, Virginia.
"If that's not a violation of the First Amendment rights, I don't know what is," another caller said.
That's like telling a Cardinal he can't wear his robes while going in to vote for a new Pope, right? Why don't we just tell a Chicago Cub he can't wear his jersey to the Ray's game? Lets tell a fan wearing a Rolling Stones T-shirt he can't attend an AC/DC concert.
The Republicans get more and more insane by the minute.