NH state law prohibits people from wearing campaign paraphernalia such as buttons, stickers or clothing supporting specific candidates inside polling places. Violators could face fines of up to $1000.
According to Allie Morris, State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan is advising moderators to have ponchos on hand for voters wearing campaign shirts at the polls to cover up with.
“Electioneering in the polling place is not permitted generally,” Scanlan said. “If you have the same design on a campaign sign as you do on a sweatshirt, it’s effectively the same thing.”
Some people feel this is a violation of the freedom of speech. Republican Rep. Dennis Fields, who filed the legislation at the secretary of state’s request, says the law’s intent is to prevent people from wearing items that might sway or intimidate voters.
For information about the 2016 changes to election laws and the voter ID law, go to the NH Secretary of State’s Office website.
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