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Election day clothing charge dropped

Madison County Commonwealth’s Attorney George Webb III has decided not to prosecute a woman for wearing a McCain T-shirt to the polls during last November’s election.

The American Civil Liberties Union had taken on the case, appointing four lawyers to defend Leigh Purdum, who was arrested for refusing to cover her political T-shirt at the Brightwood precinct polling place. The ACLU believes that Purdum was the only person arrested as a result of the Virginia State Board of Elections’ decision to ban political clothing at polling locations, The Madison Eagle reports.

Last month the General Assembly passed a bill which would discount the ban. Although the bill has not yet been signed into law, Webb decided not to proceed with the case.

Madison County Electoral Board Secretary Tommy Tanner, who filed the initial complaint against Purdam, said he was only following state law and his obligation to the electoral board.

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