After three free expression advocacy groups filed a civil suit to overturn Virginia’s campaign button ban on behalf of two Obama supporters, now comes word that a voter in Madison County actually was arrested and charged after refusing to cover up her McCain T-shirt.
The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit complied with requests by election officials to remove or cover up their Obama badges. Leigh Purdum, by contrast, refused to strike her colors. She was allowed to vote, but was later served with an arrest warrant. A hearing is set for March.
The ACLU of Virginia, one of the groups representing the federal court plaintiffs, has assigned lawyers to defend Purdum. According to the Star-Exponent, the lawyers hope for a favorable ruling in the federal suit before the criminal charges againt Purdum are heard.
By Peter Vieth