Electioneering: Apparel, sign restrictions and more in the 4-States

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What kind of political apparel is not allowed at the polling place? Electioneering laws vary by state. Be sure you know the law before heading to the polls on November 3, 2020.

Here are just a few laws in the 4-states and resources to help you learn more.

(Related: Election Day fraud, rights violation hotline and reporting)

MISSOURI (Information from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft)

  • Missouri election law (115.637 RSMo.) prohibits wearing political apparel to the polls, including political masks, shirts, hats, buttons or any other apparel that advocates for a political candidate or issue. Similarly, the law prohibits any electioneering inside of a polling place or within 25 feet of one.
  • According to state statute (115.409 RSMo.), only voters and their children, poll workers and other election officials, and pre-approved poll watchers may be inside a polling place. State law (571.030.8 RSMo.) also prohibits firearms inside of polling places. Law enforcement officials, at the request of election authorities or in the line of duty, may be inside the polling place.
  • Voters are also prohibited (115.637.14 RSMo.) from sharing their ballot with others, which is why voters may not take photos inside their polling place.

Polls across the state open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters in line at 7 p.m. are entitled to cast a ballot. Voters who encounter issues or have questions on Election Day are encouraged to contact their local election authority or call the Secretary of State’s office at 800-669-8683.

KANSAS (Information from http://kslegislature.org/)

  • Electioneering is knowingly attempting to persuade or influence eligible voters to vote for or against a particular candidate, party or question submitted.
  • Electioneering includes wearing, exhibiting or distributing labels, signs, posters, stickers or other materials that clearly identify a candidate in the election or clearly indicate support or opposition to a question submitted election within any polling place on election day or advance voting site during the time period allowed by law for casting a ballot by advance voting or
    within a radius of 250 feet from the entrance thereof.
  • Electioneering shall not include bumper stickers affixed to a motor vehicle that is used to transport voters to a polling place or to an advance voting site for the purpose of voting.
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OKLAHOMA (Information from www.ok.gov, Okla. Stat. tit. 26, § 7-108)

  • The law prohibits electioneering within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress.
  • No persons, except election officials and persons who are voting or waiting to vote, are allowed within 50 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress.
  • The law prohibits the posting or exposing of any printed material, other than those materials provided by the County Election Board, within 300 feet of any ballot box while an election is in progress.
  • Disclosure of Vote – It is unlawful for a voter to disclose to any other person how they voted or to expose their ballot to any person within the election enclosure.
    • Exception: “Ballot Selfies” ARE permissible, but it is unlawful to post the “Ballot Selfie” or show it while in the election enclosure.

Election Day Reference, Oklahoma 2020

ARKANSAS (Information from sos.arkansas.gov, A.C.A. § 7-1-103(8), 7-1-104)

  • “Electioneering” means the display of or audible dissemination of information that advocates for or against any candidate, issue, or measure on a ballot.
  • “Electioneering” includes without limitation the following:
    • Handing out, distributing, or offering to hand out or distribute campaign literature or literature regarding a candidate, issue, or measure on the ballot;
    • Soliciting signatures on a petition;
    • Soliciting contributions for a charitable or other purpose;
    • Displaying a candidate’s name, likeness, or logo;
    • Displaying a ballot measure’s number, title, subject, or logo;
    • Displaying or dissemination of buttons, hats, pencils, pens, shirts, signs, or stickers containing electioneering information; and
    • Disseminating audible electioneering information.
  • “Electioneering” does not include:
    • The presentation of a candidate’s identification by the candidate under Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 51, § 13; or
    • The display of a ballot measure in the polling place as required under § 7-5-202
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