Election Day Attire: What You Can & Can’t Wear When You Vote

Election Day Attire: What You Can & Can’t Wear When You Vote


– Happy Tuesday, Empty Hanger fam. It’s Helene Biandudi Hofer here, and I want to say it’s Election Day. I hope you know it’s Election Day. So that means you get to
exercise your right to vote. But before you do that,
we’re standing in my closet because turns out, there are dress codes when it comes to going
to your polling place. I’m serious, there are certain things that you cannot wear when you go vote. So let’s talk about
that for just a moment. Most states have some type of a dress code for going to polling stations. You cannot just show up
wearing a big old button with the face of your
favorite political candidate smacked on there,
T-shirts, jackets, scarves. I don’t know what you created for whatever candidate you love, you have to be very careful
and you need to check out your state’s laws in regards to that. I’m in New York State. I can’t show up to the
polling place wearing a T-shirt representing
a political candidate that I support or a button. I have to be very mindful. We all have to be
mindful of what we put on when we go to vote. If we’re not, there’s
a chance that the folks at the polling location
will tell you to turn back and go home and change. So why does this matter? Well InStyle Magazine
interviewed Jessica Levinson, she’s a professor out
of Loyola University, and she said in so many
words when we go vote, we really should be free of any
type of fear of intimidation or any type of pressure
to vote a certain way. And that’s why dress codes are in place. Now here’s where things
can get a little tricky. Let’s say you wanna show up with a T-shirt that says #Resist or a shirt or a button that has some type of a
symbolic representation of a political party or
of a certain candidate that’s on the ballot. The lines got blurred there
and you might not be able to wear those items. So be sure to call your board of elections if you really wanna wear it
to find out if that’s okay. If you’ve been denied entrance
to your polling location because of what you’re wearing, there is something that
you can do about it. You could call the Election
Protection Hotline, and that number is 866-OUR-VOTE. Here’s my suggestion for all of you, and this is the advice
that I’ll be taking too. Wear comfortable shoes. I mean normally midterm
elections, I hate to say it, but they’re kinda like snorefests. A lotta times people
don’t show up to the polls during the midterms, but
political pundits say, this year is different. So that could mean long lines. So wear those comfortable
shoes and make sure you vote. (calming music)

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