Early voting is in progress. But that no longer meant just a lengthy session of patriot Americans, waiting patiently and quietly to exercise their right to vote.
far from it. Now that means Shouting matches, dropping signs, and a host of other obnoxious behaviors. People who behave badly seem to be bipartisan, too. In a Pennsylvania county, deputy sheriffs were called in to provide security at local polling stations.
With the nation’s mass temperature rapidly approaching a high-grade fever, you might wonder if standing in line at the polling place is safe. Maybe you want to arm yourself, or maybe you are worried about others arming themselves.
State laws are mesh
Since most aspects of election administration are left to state laws, there is no federal law prohibiting the carrying of weapons at polling places. There are no laws in place in many states either.
According to Georgetown University’s Institute of Constitutional Defense and Protection, The following countries expressly prohibit the use of weapons in polling places:
- Washington, DC
- Puerto Rico
The following countries ban hidden weapons in polling stations:
- South Carolina
Other states have additional laws about whether you can carry a gun if the polling place is in a school or other location prohibiting weapons. However, many of the heavily contested swing states, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina, do not have any laws regulating guns at polling sites.
That’s why, Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced it Voters there cannot carry it openly at polling places. If the building actually prohibited weapons, then the electorate would not be able to conceal the weapon carrying either. Several gun groups denounced the move, saying Benson lacked power. Maybe some will try to challenge it, and some mayors They refused to indicate whether they would carry out the order.
Still, voter intimidation is illegal
Whether you choose to carry a gun to the polls in a country where it is legal is up to you. But Federal law Do you Prohibition of voter intimidation. While standing in line to vote during pregnancy may be legal, you may be arrested if you wave a weapon while trying to block access to the polling place or harass other voters.
Another form of voter intimidation is showing up at polling places to do police work. For example, a private security company He is alleged to have recruited veterans to “protect” Minnesota polling stations He is now the subject of an investigation by the state attorney general’s office. Few of the state’s laws explicitly advocate for Being present at polling stations, While 29 states have laws that only allow police to appear on demand.