2008-09-24 / Local & State

State Memo On Pa. Voters' Attire Challenged

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state memo that says it's OK for voters to wear campaign T-shirts or buttons to the polls is being challenged in Commonwealth Court.

The two Allegheny County residents who filed the lawsuit Friday want the memo rescinded.

The memo, which the secretary of state's office sent out a couple weeks ago, is not binding on the county officials who run elections.

It was requested by the American Civil Liberties Union as a clarification of the law that bars electioneering at the polls in response to voter complaints in a few counties.

The memo says no registered voter should be turned away from the polls unless they are openly campaigning. State Republican Party leaders say wearing political T-shirts and pins should be banned.

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