Man mistakenly turned away from voting over pro-Trump T-shirt

Man mistakenly turned away from voting over pro-Trump T-shirt

Greg Malafronte says he wasn’t allowed to vote because he wore a pro-Trump T-shirt to the polls. (Screenshot: KOAT)

Greg Malafronte told Albuquerque local news station KOAT that after waiting in line for 20 minutes at a local polling center Friday, a woman noticed his 2016 Donald Trump T-shirt.‘ data-reactid=”32″>New Mexico resident Greg Malafronte told Albuquerque local news station KOAT that after waiting in line for 20 minutes at a local polling center Friday, a woman noticed his 2016 Donald Trump T-shirt.

The man ripped up his ballot and stormed out.

Screenshot: KOAT

“Casting a vote is a weighty civic act, and the State may reasonably decide that the interior of the polling place should reflect the distinction between voting and campaigning. … But the line the State draws must be reasonable,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, according to the Texas Tribune. “If a State wishes to set its polling places apart as areas free of partisan discord, it must employ a more discernible approach than the one offered by Minnesota here.”‘ data-reactid=”59″>In June, the Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota law banning voters from wearing political clothing to the polls, citing free speech. “Casting a vote is a weighty civic act, and the State may reasonably decide that the interior of the polling place should reflect the distinction between voting and campaigning. … But the line the State draws must be reasonable,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, according to the Texas Tribune. “If a State wishes to set its polling places apart as areas free of partisan discord, it must employ a more discernible approach than the one offered by Minnesota here.”

A spokesperson for the county clerk’s office told KOAT, “The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office is aware of the campaigning or electioneering situation that occurred at Caracol Plaza today. Our poll officials have been trained and informed of the election laws that govern campaigning or electioneering. With the recent Supreme Court ruling related to campaigning or electioneering, any campaign or electioneering material, such as signs, hats, clothing, etc., is not allowed if the material is related to any candidate or question on the ballot for the general election 2018. Our office will reaffirm this information with our precinct officials throughout the election process.”

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