"You Can't Wear That to Vote": The Constitutionality of State Laws Prohibiting the Wearing of Political Message Buttons


My research for this article began on Election Day 2004 when I was told that I could not wear a campaign button into the polling room while voting in Virginia. The article outlines the laws of all 50 states that restrict a voter’s right to speak in and around polling places. It focuses on the 10 states that explicitly prohibit a voter from wearing “buttons” to the polls.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Constitutional Law | Law and Politics

Date of this Version

February 2006