Yes, There’s a Voting Dress Code—Here’s What You Can Wear to the Polls

Power-dressing for the polls is a way of reclaiming space in the election process. Memorably, in 2016 women wore white, suffragette-inspired pantsuits in sartorial solidarity with Hillary Clinton. Four years later the move was replicated (though less ubiquitously) with hot pink suits. Like democracy, fashion is inextricably tied to capitalism. But I firmly believe that serving a look can be a potent political act. 

That said, there are rules about what you can and can’t wear while voting. In many states, campaigning is banned within a certain radius of each polling place. And in 10 states—California, Delaware, Kansas, Montana, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont—electioneering laws specifically forbid voters from sporting clothing and accessories that allude to a certain candidate, party, or ballot box issue. Depending on where you live, those restrictions could extend to buttons, banners, hats, pens, pins, and stickers as well. 


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