A Woman In The US Was Stopped From Voting Because She Was Wearing An Anti-Trump Tee. So She Voted Topless
Voting is considered as a constitutional right in most places in the world. It is, therefore, perhaps the most instrumental ways in voicing one’s opinion and choice. And it’s more than just what you stand for, it is a privilege extended to you as a citizen of a country and because the economy, your job and the world is going to be affected by who is in power, we’ve to be careful with who we choose to put in charge. Which kind of explains all the times, and I am not proud of it, my parents have had to force me to get out of bed on election day to accompany them to cast a vote. After all, if I am old enough to form opinions on matters, I am old enough to have them counted when it really matters. And while that is still okay, the real question remains – how far are you willing to go for your political beliefs?
As far as breaking your sound sleep and showing up at the voting centre? Yes, definitely. As far as convincing people around you to do the same? You’ve got it. But, as far as having to take your shirt off and going ahead to vote topless? Erm…what?
That is exactly how we felt when we came about the news of a US woman who recently chose to go vote topless, after she was stopped from voting while she was still wearing an anti-trump t shirt. This woman from New Hampshire showed up to cast her vote wearing a T-shirt that read, “McCain Hero, Trump Zero,” and while your political beliefs are yours to display, perhaps the occasion caused her to get carried away.
Halted by the Town Moderator Paul Scafidi, the woman was told about how she couldn’t be allowed to wear the t-shirt while casting her ballot because, wearing clothes that contain a political candidate, would constitute it as electioneering. Fair enough, we thought. But the woman wasn’t going to be stopped there. Almost instantly, taking a shot at the moderator, she asked him why a fellow woman wearing an American flag T-shirt wasn’t considered under electioneering.
Well, that's one way to protest: An election official at the polls told a woman her T-shirt was a form of electioneering. So, she..*checks notes*..yes. She took it off and cast her vote – topless. https://t.co/RGhEfY6jtM
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 9, 2020
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Scafidi replied, “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.” Now there were two ways this could go from here, one that involved the woman not casting the vote at all, and another that involved her changing her clothes to be able to do so. She however, took the third option and went for not wearing a t-shirt altogether, as she quickly took her tee off, to cast a vote topless.
A woman entered a New Hampshire polling place Tue wearing a “McCain Hero, Trump Zero” T-shirt, which election laws prohibit
An official told her she couldn’t vote with the T-shirt, so “Boom! The shirt’s off, and she’s standing there saying, How’s this?"🤣https://t.co/yc2KPiHu5l
— Tee *55 Days Until Change*😷 Mitch (@InsideASCIF) September 10, 2020
Scafidi recalled asking her not to take the t-shirt off, “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. He further shared, “I could have [had her removed], but I didn’t want to exacerbate the whole thing. If she felt it was her right, more power to her. 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.” And, neither had we.
Leaving behind the debate on her instincts, the fact that the woman considered it more important to cast a vote, was far more endearing than the means she took to make it happen. Of course, she could’ve skipped this dramatic ordeal, but guess sometimes your passion is much greater than anything else. And for having that kind of a drive, we salute the woman!