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Woman asked to cover Bible shirt while voting

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A Texas woman was asked to cover up her shirt when she went to vote because it had the phrase "Vote the Bible" on it.

Kay Hill tried to vote early last week in Williamson County near Austin. Her attorney said when she walked in she was told by an election official that the shirt she was wearing could be offensive to some people.

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

Seinz is president of Texas Values. 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," he said.

Williamson County officials said their poll volunteers were just following the state election law which prohibits voters inside a polling place from suggesting how another person should vote.

"The shirt did say vote so it did have to do with voting," said Connie Watson, the Williamson County public affairs manager.

Specifically, the law states, "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."

County officials defended the volunteers, who they said eventually gave Hill a jacket to cover up her shirt and allowed her to vote.

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