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100210topEditor’s Note – Guess who will be wearing his Gadsen pin to the polls?  In fact, every tea party activist in the state should wear a pin or a t-shirt that identifies themselves as tea party members.

Do it as a show of pride for the amazing awakening in this country that each of us contributed to.  Can you image what America would look like today where it not for the tea party movement, had it been left up to the Republican Party alone to protect the great American heritage?

Do it because it is your right to do so, protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution!

 

‘Don’t tread on me’: Tea Partier Denied The Right To Vote In Texas

By Alexis Levinson
The Daily Caller

A Texas woman was denied the right to vote on Monday because she was wearing a button bearing a Gadsden flag — the rattlesnake under the words “Don’t Tread on Me” that has become the unofficial image of the Tea Party.

Katrina Pierson, who sits on the steering committee of the Dallas Tea Party and is also involved with the Garland Tea Party, told The Daily Caller that “around 11 o’clock yesterday,” a Garland Tea Party member, reported that she was told by an election official that she could not vote unless she removed her button. A second election official, Pierson said, did not recognize the button and did not understand why the other official was not permitting the woman to vote.

According to Pierson, the woman refused to remove her button, saying it was a violation of her first amendment rights, and called the sheriff’s office. The sheriff passed the matter on to the Dallas County Election Department, which failed to act.

The woman opted not to vote until she had done more research and figured out whether or not the election official was allowed to do that. The Garland Tea Party is currently conducting that investigation on her behalf.

“If we have to file suit against the county, we will,” says Pierson.

Pierson said that she had heard of a similar incident in Waco, Texas, where a voter was not permitted to vote while wearing a Waco Tea Party T-shirt.

Election officials, apparently, were concerned that sporting such symbols constituted electioneering, which the Texas election code specifically prohibits within “within one hundred feet” of the polls.

But Pierson says, “It’s not electioneering, it’s not a candidate, it’s not a party affiliation.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/19/dont-tread-on-me-tea-partiers-denied-the-right-to-vote-in-texas/#ixzz12tsvEJi1

Tom Tillison

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