A New Hampshire woman who was rejected from voting with an anti-Trump shirt in Tuesday’s primary chose to take the shirt off and cast her ballot topless, a report said.
The voter, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase, “McCain Hero, Trump Zero,” was first stopped before she could reach the voting booth at the Talbot Gymnasium by Executor Town Moderator Paul Scafidi, Seacoastonline.com reported.
Scafidi told the woman she had to remove the shirt containing a political candidate, ruling it constituted electioneering. But she shot back that she was being singled out, according to Scafidi, pointing to another nearby voter wearing an American flag T-shirt.
“She asked why her and not me?” Scafidi told the news site. “I said she was going to have to cover her shirt and [a shirt] supporting the American flag was not electioneering. That’s my opinion, and that was my call as the moderator.”
After his explanation, Scafidi said the woman asked him if he wanted her to remove her shirt. “I said, I’d rather she not,” Scafidi recalled.
“But she took it off so fast, no one had time to react so the whole place just went, ‘woah,’ and she walked away, and I let her vote. She could’ve just gone into the hallway and turned it inside-out,” he said.
Scafidi said there were about 15 voters in the building at time, and the poll workers mainly laughed over the incident. He added that, under the state’s indecency law, he could have had police remove the woman, but opted not to.
“I could have [had her removed], but I didn’t want to exacerbate the whole thing,” Scafidi said.
“If she felt it was her right, more power to her,” Scafidi said. “We all laughed about it as things were winding down, so I don’t know if it was a set-up, but I’ve never experienced anything like that,” he said.
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