Local Man Turned Away at Polls Due to Non-Permissible Wear

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EDINBURG – An Edinburg man says he wasn’t allowed to vote because of a cap he was wearing.

Terry Cates says on Tuesday morning, he put on his hat and left his house to vote. He says he got in line but before he could cast a ballot, a poll worker approached him.

“I ask her, I say, ‘Are you denying me the right to vote?’ And she says, ‘No, but you cannot vote wearing that hat,’” he explained.

KRGV’s Christian von Preysing looked into what you can and cannot do when you cross the barrier at polling locations.

Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon says things you wear or badges and signs are not allowed if they advocate which way to vote.

However, she says that judgment call can be appealed to an election administrator like herself or the Secretary of State.

Watch the video above for the full story.


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