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Woman forced to cover up “Vote the Bible” T-shirt at polls

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According to Texas law, a person cannot suggest how another person should vote by word, sign or gesture while in a polling place.

Kay Hill wore a shirt, saying "vote the bible" when she went to go early vote at the City Hall in Taylor last week.

But Attorney Jonathan Saenz, says, when Hill walked in, she was told by an election official the shirt may be offensive to some people.

"You've got this woman targeted because of her religious beliefs," said Saenz.

Saenz is President of Texas Values. He says he's prepared to defend Hill because he believes she was asked to give up her religious freedom in order to vote.

"This is obviously a religious free expression and no one should be put in a position having to choose religious freedom over deciding to vote," said Saenz.

Williamson County says their poll volunteers were just following state election laws and besides there's only one word on that shirt that they have a problem with.

"The shirt did say vote so it did have to do with voting," said Williamson County Public Affairs Director Connie Watson.

Watson says the shirt violates state laws regarding elections.

"Electioneering or loitering within 100 feet of the entrance to the polling place or inside the polling place is not allowed. Electioneering would cover wearing a hat, a pen, a T-shirt or a sign that would indicate a position for a political party, candidate or a proposition," said Watson.

Saenz argues that Hill's shirt did none of that.

"Nothing says that you can't have a shirt that says vote the bible. The last time I checked republicans and democrats, it's not a partisan issue on the bible," said Saenz.

An election worker gave Hill a jacket to cover up the T-shirt. In the end, she was able to vote.

Saenz says if Williamson County doesn't apologize to Hill and allow the shirt to be worn to the polls, they will file a formal complaint with the Attorney General.

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