A Texas man wore his Donald Trump hat and “basket of deplorables” T-shirt to cast his ballot earlier this week and was arrested. Brett Mauthe was arrested Monday for violating election code because he wouldn’t turn his shirt inside out. He took off his hat when that was requested. He told Texas TV station KSAT 12 that he was unaware that wearing items in support of a candidate was considered a violation.
But it can be. A 1992 ruling by the Supreme Court found that a 100-foot “campaign free zone” outside of polling locations did not violate the First Amendment. While each state is free to interpret that how they wish, many polling places enforce a rule that you cannot display any items for or against a candidate within a certain area of an election space. FULL REPORT