A New Mexico woman says she was not allowed to vote because of four words written on her shirt.
Mary Sanchez was about to vote at the Four Hills Shopping Center in Albuquerque when a poll worker started walking towards her.
The worker told Sanchez she wasn’t allowed to vote due to her T-shirt which read, “Trump for President 2016.”
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“The lady came up and asked if I would leave or turn my shirt inside out,” Sanchez said. “I asked her, ‘Are you serious?’ and she said, ‘Yes.’”
Sanchez left the polling station that day without voting.
Sanchez had allegedly violated a New Mexico law against “electioneering” within 100 feet of a polling location, KRQE reports.
The bill states:
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Electioneering includes the display or distribution of signs or campaign literature, campaign buttons, t-shirts, hats, pins or other such items and includes the verbal or electronic solicitation of votes for a candidate or question.
If convicted, though not likely, Sanchez could have been slapped with a petty misdemeanor, according to WHTM. The Bernalillo County Clerk Office’s spokesperson Joey Keefe says he has never heard of anyone being detained for wearing a specific candidate’s shirt to the voting station.
Sanchez says the law should have been made more obvious to voters, but has, nonetheless, learned her lesson.
At least 20 other states prohibit wearing campaign T-shirts to polling stations.
“If it’s something like a hat or button, we just ask them to put it in their car,” said Keefe. “If it’s something like a T-shirt we ask them to go to a private place and turn it inside out so they don’t have to leave completely or if they have a jacket, to zip up the jacket.”
The incident didn’t stop Sanchez from going back and voting another day. “I did end up voting this morning,” Sanchez said. “With a different shirt!”