Arkansas has a law about electioneering within 100 feet of poll site.

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Our Arkansas Secretary of State, Charlie Daniels, sent out this newsletter and I found one question interesting.

Q:  Is it true that I will not be allowed to vote if I'm wearing a shirt or sticker for a certain candidate?

A:  While it's true that Arkansas law prohibits anyone from bringing or wearing campaign materials within 100 feet of a polling site (called electioneering), you will NOT be turned away from voting for doing so.  Election officials will ask you to remove any buttons, stickers or hats;  if its an article of clothing, the official will ask you to cover the message.  You won't be denied your right to vote, but election officials must protect everyone's right to cast their ballot in a neutral environment without feeling pressured to make a particular choice.  If you see electioneering at your polling site, report it to your county board of election commissions.

So don't wear your political tees to vote or they're supposed to tell you to go turn it inside out and come back.  They'll also tell you to discard the buttons and other political items.

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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Barbara,

Due to a fiasco in our last election, in this area we all vote absentee. I think that applies to the whole state. By the way, is this the same Charlie Daniels that recorded "The Devil Went to Georgia?

Oct 25, 2008 04:38 PM #1
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Barbara:  I think you should forget the tee shirt.  Take it off... and just show up with the name of the candidate of your choice painted prominently... wherever you can fit it... LOL.  That way... they cannot make you "take it off."  Now, they might arrest you... but that is something for another blog post.  :)

Oct 25, 2008 05:44 PM #2
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Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

Barbara,

Throughout the years I have worked the polls many times for different candidates.  In 1963 I gave out cards for Turtle Rollins, who was running for sheriff.  And of course I have worked for my son-in-law for judge.

Oct 26, 2008 01:14 AM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Steven, it's a different Charlie....I wish we voted by mail or by computer.  You probably need to do a history on that "Devil Went Down to Georgia" song. 

Wow, Karen Anne, and you say you're not adventurous enough to ride in a balloon basket!  Reading between the lines, I believe you'd do what you advocate my doing.  LOL

Mary, I never heard of Turtle Rollins but with a name like that I'll bet he didn't win!  I remember posing for a picture inside a jury box for your son-in-law.  I need a copy of that if you have one.

Oct 26, 2008 01:53 AM #4
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