A Hempstead, Texas, man was turned away from the voting booths Tuesday after election officials claimed his “Second Amendment” shirt made him ineligible to cast his vote.
Chris Driskill was wearing a shirt that read, “Second Amendment – 1789 – America’s Original Homeland Security,” when he went to cast his early-voting ballot in the Republican Primary. But Texas election officials said he was in violation of Texas Election Code 85.036, which states a “person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party” in or within 100 feet of a voting location, KVUE reports.
Driskill overheard someone say, “He can’t vote with that shirt on. You;\’ll have to either turn it inside out or you’ll have to leave.”
“I didn’t quite understand it at first,” Driskill said. “I was thinking they just didn’t like something about the Second Amendment.”
One of the propositions in the Republican Primary ballot is a proposed bill to expand support for the Second Amendment and broaden the scope of concealed carry. Because of the bill and because of Driskill’s shirt, election officials said he was in violation of code 85.036.
While Driskill may not have agreed with the officials, he changed his shirt in order to vote.
“I guess I can kind of see where their reaction came from,” said Driskill. “If you have to turn around and go change shits, you know, so be it. But get out and vote.”
[ KVUE ]