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A man who showed up Tuesday at the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department in South Carolina to cast his vote in the 2018 midterm elections allegedly was denied entry into the polling place because he was wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump.

Think he trotted home to don new duds? Not on your life.

The guy solved the issue by taking off the offending apparel and voting shirtless, according to witness Todd Price.

Vote Nekkid! Good turn out at Murrells Inlet Fire Department precinct- but they made this poor guy take off his Trump shirt to vote. I thought it was ok as long as the shirt wasn’t for someone on the ballot?

Posted by Todd Price on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

South Carolina rules indicate no one is allowed to distribute campaign material within 200 feet of polling places — and that includes clothing, WBMF-TV reported, citing state elections officials.

But Chris Whitmire of the South Carolina Elections Commission told the station that the poll manager’s handbook defines campaign material as any written or visual material that expresses support or opposition for any candidate, party, or ballot issue in a current election.

“The shirt in question does not relate to a candidate in a current election,” Whitmire added to WBMF.

Ah, but Sandy Martin — director of Horry County Voter Registration and Elections — didn’t see it that way.

“It is considered campaign material whether it is relevant to the election or not,” Martin told the station.

Commenters on Price’s Facebook post seemed not so fond of how the voter allegedly was treated.

  • One man shared, “They have done it to me as well in 2004. I turned it inside out to keep my place in line and they wanted to argue that point that I was still wearing the shirt despite the fact that the logo could not be seen which made me think it was more about stopping me from voting for a candidate the pole [sic] watcher did not support.”
  • “Wow,” another commenter said. “Wrong on so many levels.”
  • “That’s discrimination,” another person added. “He wasn’t handing out literature!”

But not everybody agreed: “It is called ‘campaigning’ and whether it is a shirt, or a poster in the window of a car, it is NOT ALLOWED!!” one commenter said.

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  1. Jon Wisdom

    November 7, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Showing support for the President of the United States is against the law????? I am sick and tired of hearing about the fake voter oppression because we ask everyone to prove their identity, but then Americans are turned away because they might vote for the wrong candidate.

  2. Joe

    November 7, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    So why do Democrats get away with it

  3. Linda

    November 7, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Hope the poll workers were offended by his half-neckedness. Cool solution sir.

  4. Annabel

    November 8, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Actually he could have worn it inside out.

    • Mary Murphy

      November 11, 2018 at 3:54 am

      Some reason his solution was criticized?

  5. Mary Murphy

    November 11, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Some reason his solution was criticized?

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