WE NEED TO FIGHT BACK: West Hollywood poll worker removed for wearing pro-Trump clothing at polling site

A poll worker was removed while working at a West Hollywood voting site due to the political messages that were on his clothing.

The worker was seen in a Twitter post wearing a “Trump 2020” hat and a T-shirt that said “Where’s Hunter/Trump 202)” while on the clock (ABC7).  The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk said that they informed the worker that his attire was unacceptable. “He was released and is no longer working at the vote center,” they added. He had apparently been informed before but continued to wear said clothing.

At polling places, wearing clothing with political messages of any kind is a form of “electioneering” and is not allowed. The man in the Twitter photo was working the polls for the California recall election, in which Governor Gavin Newsom was not recalled from office (AP News). Had he been recalled; GOP candidate Larry Elder would have likely taken his place in office. 

“Let’s be gracious in defeat. We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” Elder said. Newsom became the second governor in U.S history to defeat a recall, after Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived the recall in 2012. California voters were asked two questions, which included: Should Newsom be recalled, and, if so, who should replace him? Newsom will begin campaigning again, as he is up for reelection next year.

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