Wrestling fans might enjoy putting on costumes and cheering something fake and staged, but they're still citizens, citizens with the right to dress up like the Iron Sheik and vote Republican, as outlined in the Constitution.
This most basic of democratic ideals was upheld again by Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who announced yesterday that the state would not prohibit people in WWE apparel from entering polling places during next Tuesday's senate matchup between Dick Blumenthal and wrestling magnate Linda McMahon. Bysiewicz's office attracted controversy--and a lawsuit from the McMahon campaign--last week after an aide told reporters that election officials were considering asking voters in WWE gear to cover up the logo, owing to the "overtly partisan" nature of the symbol. Connecticut state law prohibits campaigning within 75 feet of a polling place.
Sleeper holds remain illegal, unless you are voting absentee.
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