A poll worker in Kansas City, Missouri, told a man on Tuesday that he couldn’t vote while wearing a hat that said “Make America Great Again” — President Trump’s 2016 campaign motto.
The man, who remains unidentified, was told to remove his hat before he could cast a ballot, the Kansas City Star reported.
But that was wrong. “The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office said he could, in fact, wear the hat because it doesn’t pertain to this primary election, according to Tiffany Ellison, a director with the Clay County Election Board,” the Star reported.
Ellison, a Democrat, said that after a polling worker asked the man to remove his hat, he became “upset” and “combative.” Police eventually escorted the man out, Ellison said.
He then called the Secretary of State’s Office, which said he broke no voting law.
“(The Clay County Election Board) called him to let him know he could go back up there. He thanked us and apologized for his behavior,” Ellison said.
Under Missouri law, it’s a misdemeanor to wear political apparel within 25 feet of a polling location, but only when that apparel has to do with a candidate or issue on the ballot.