GA passes bill allowing political clothing at polls

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Voters would be allowed to wear T-shirts, buttons or other political paraphernalia to the polls under a bill that has passed out of the General Assembly.

The Virginia State of Elections had prohibited voters from wearing apparel with political slogans or candidates' names at the polls on Election Day because of a state law that outlaws electioneering within 40 feet of the polling place.

Opponents said the rule violated voters' free-speech rights, and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit.

The bill also clarifies residency requirements for voters, which became an issue last year with an unprecedented number of voter registration drives on college campuses.

The Senate passed it unanimously on Saturday.

The House voted 92-2 on Friday.

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