RI considers ban on political paraphernalia at polls

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island officials are considering a ban on political hats, T-shirts, buttons, badges and stickers at polling places.
      A proposal considered by the state Board of Elections requires anyone entering a polling station remove or cover “political literature.” The ban is among rules the board hopes to establish
before the state's April 24 presidential primary.
      The Providence Journal reports that the board also is considering a ban on cell phones and other communications devices at polling places. An exception would be for election workers on official business.
      Raymond Marcaccio, who helped draft the proposed regulation as the Election Board's lawyer, says the board is within its rights to impose the new regulation. Other states have similar bans.
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