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Published November 02, 2010, 06:38 PM

Man Says he Was Denied Vote in Eden Prairie

A man wearing a tea party T-shirt and a button that says "Please I.D. Me" says he wasn't allowed to vote in Eden Prairie.

By: Associated Press,

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A man wearing a tea party T-shirt and a button that says "Please I.D. Me" says he wasn't allowed to vote in Eden Prairie.

Andy Cilek says the head election judge at the precinct told him he couldn't vote if he didn't remove the items. He says he tried a second time, and was also denied.

Kathleen Porta, the city clerk in Eden Prairie, says that's not true. She says head election judge Ann Higgins told Cilek he could vote, but a Republican poll challenger said he could not. Porta says the issue was between the poll challenger and the voter.

In federal court Monday, attorneys for Hennepin and Ramsey county election officials said no one would be denied the right to vote for wearing a politial button, but the voter could be referred for a possible petty misdemeanor charge.

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