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Woman Votes Topless After Being Told To Cover Anti-Trump Shirt At NH Polling Place

woman votes topless after being told to cover anti-trump shirt at nh polling place
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New Hampshire woman votes topless after election officials told her she couldn't wear a shirt criticizing Trump at the polls.

Exeter Town Moderator Paul Scafidi said the unnamed woman walked into the polling station wearing a "McCain Hero, Trump Zero" T-shirt.

woman votes topless after being told to cover anti-trump shirt at nh polling place

As a ballot clerk checked the woman's name off the voting list, Scafidi told her she couldn't wear a shirt featuring a political candidate while voting.

The elections were for governor and Congress, so Trump wasn't on the ballot.

Meanwhile, McCain, the former US senator and a prisoner of the Vietnam War, who clashed with the president, died in 2018.

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So, the woman asked the moderator why she couldn't wear the shirt. She also pointed out another woman nearby had a T-shirt with the American flag.

Scafidi explained:

She asked why not her?

I said she was going to have to cover her shirt. [A shirt] supporting the American flag was not electioneering.

That's my opinion, and that was my call as the moderator.

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woman votes topless after being told to cover anti-trump shirt at nh polling place

What happened next stunned Scafidi and the poll officers.

Scafidi told the Union Leader:

She said, 'You want me to take my shirt off? That's what you want?

Scafidi told the woman that was her choice, hoping perhaps she would step out into a hallway and turn the shirt inside out.

And the woman just took off the shirt.

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Scafidi explained:

Boom! The shirt was off. And she stood there saying, 'How's this?

She took it off so fast, no one had time to react, so the whole place just went, 'Woah.' She then walked away, and I let her vote.

She could've just gone into the hallway and turned it inside-out.

woman votes topless after being told to cover anti-trump shirt at nh polling place
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While the moderator could have called law enforcement authorities to remove the woman 'under the state's indecency laws,' he didn't want to escalate the incident.

Scafidi said.

I don't know if she was trying to have me get her arrested. But I thought it was better to just let things play out.

I don't think there were more than 15 voters in the building at the time. And if there were any children there, I didn't see them.

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.

We had more important things to worry about. We had to get 2,000 people to vote safely and check-in and count 2,000 absentee ballots.