'Tea Party' shirts are in at polling places, judge rules

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A federal judge ruled voters will be allowed to wear "tea party" T-shirts at polling sites Tuesday.

Monday’s ruling was a win for the conservative watchdog group the Goldwater Institute after they requested a temporary injunction against Maricopa County.

Elections officials previously announced "tea party” shirts would not be allowed at polling sites due to electioneering laws, but the Goldwater Institute argued it is a First Amendment issue and the judge agreed.

Voters in Maricopa County will be allowed to wear "tea party" T-shirts as long as the shirts do not endorse a specific candidate or proposition.