…unless you’re attending a WWE show. On Friday, the Hartford Courant’s Daniela Altimari reported that Connecticut polling places might turn away voters donning WWE merchandise on Tuesday, November 2, given the wrestling promotion’s association with Republican candidate Linda McMahon.
“Even though it doesn’t say her name directly … the brand is so ubiquitously associated with the McMahons,” said Av Harris, a spokesman for Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.
Harris acknowledged that any discussion about voters’ apparel is a “very, very delicate issue.”
“We have a candidate who is very very well-known, who is a celebrity to millions of fans throughout the country,” he said. “This has been a very contentious, hard-fought campaign, but the sanctity of the polling place is sacrosanct.”
“There is absolutely nothing in the statute that prohibits someone from wearing an apolitical, nonpartisan piece of clothing to the polls,” McMahon spokesman Ed Patru said. “This opinion seems overtly partisan, and anytime the state starts arbitrarily denying citizens the right to vote, democracy itself is under attack. It’s very, very troubling.”
Republican Chairman Chris Healy called it a “ridiculous act of voter intimidation.”
Responds Figure4Online’s Bryan Alvarez, a writer who has more than a passing familiarity with the McMahon family’s business practices, “this is laughable for a company that confiscates signs at its arenas and would has a policy of not allowing fans visible on camera to wear T-shirts from other promotion.”