A polling worker wrongly prevented a man from voting in Missouri because he was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, according to the Kansas City Star, and the man was escorted from the premises by police.
The man in the MAGA hat reportedly became “upset” and “combative” when the worker asked him to take the hat off, leading to his removal.
“There was an incident at the polling place in Northland Cathedral on Oak in Kansas City, [Missouri],” one witness wrote on Twitter. “A slightly inebriated, belligerent man wearing a red hat was asked to remove his political hat and refused and started [filming] the voters. When told to stop, he argued with officials.”
Why didn’t they let him vote?
The polling worker was incorrectly applying a state law that bans the wearing of political apparel pertaining to a specific candidate or issue on the ballot within 25 feet of a polling location.
The man knew something wasn’t right, so after being kicked out of the polling place he called the Secretary of State’s office to get confirmation that he had not broken the law.
Because the hat, which bears President Donald Trump’s infamous 2016 campaign slogan, had nothing to do with anything on the Missouri ballot, he should have been allowed to cast his vote, said Tiffany Ellison, the Democratic director of the Clay County Election Board.
“The determination of the county election official is lad out clearly in state law,” said Maura Browning, communications director for the Secretary of State’s office.
What was the resolution?
Once aware of the situation, the Clay County Election Board contacted the man to let him know he could return to the polling place where he would be allowed to vote.
Apparently, he didn’t harbor any hard feelings. Ellison said the man apologized for his earlier behavior, and thanked the representative of the election board who he spoke to.
(H/T Fox News)