Tea Party shirts now ok at voting polls as long there is no "party".• New Times
Goldwater attorney Diane Cohen tells New Times that while singling out Tea Party garb is unconstitutional, and Coconino County has agreed to implement new rules when it comes to what's not allowed at polling places, the real problem is the state's broad definition of "electioneering."
Arizona law bans "electioneering" within 75 feet of any polling place, but the term is very loosely defined in state statute.
Cohen says the state needs to amend the law to more narrowly define what "electioneering" actually is -- something, she says, is falling on deaf ears.
"The secretary of state's been nowhere on this," she says.
"I'm grateful Coconino County recognizes we do not give up all of our rights to free speech when we cast an election ballot," Wickberg says in a statement from the Goldwater Institute. "Now, voters will know our fundamental freedoms are protected as we carry out our civic responsibility at the polling booth."