Dress code for the polls in Idaho

Posted at 8:27 AM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 10:27:50-04

IDAHO — To protect your right to vote without any influence, those heading to the polls on Election Day cannot wear any political parties' clothing or attire. That includes Biden and Trump shirts, hats, face coverings, or anything representing one political party or campaign.

By wearing these different clothing articles at the polls, someone could influence someone's vote or pressure them into voting for one specific party or another. Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane says historically, this has not been a problem at the polls in Ada County, but the poll workers are trained and there are plans in place in case there are any issues.

"You can’t actually wear any political materials while you are in at the voting booths despite your passions for the candidates," said McGrane. "That 100-foot space is a protected space to not influence other voters through that area."

Since face masks are required at polling locations in Ada County, poll workers will have ones for you to use while you cast your vote if you do show up in a political one.