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Election Round-Up: Fed'l Judge Smacks Down Conn.'s Potentional Ban of WWE Garb at Polls


For Connecticut voters who want to wear a Stone Cold Steve Austin costume to the polls on Tuesday, in a nod to Halloween and the retired professional wrestling star, the Christian Science Monitor has good news:

They will apparently be allowed to do so, under a federal judge’s ruling that World Wrestling Entertainment garb–which includes such a costume (featuring a 100-percent-polyester muscle chest), according to a WWE website–will be permitted at the polls.

“We’re not making this up,” the newspaper writes, noting that the “Smack down!” by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton was made in a case brought by WWE’s chief executive officer, Vince McMahon. He is married to former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, who is currently a Republican candidate for a Connecticut Senate seat.

The suit followed comments by a state election spokesman last week suggesting that wearing clothing that included the WWE logo to the polls could be considered illegal electioneering.

Among other election news, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says she didn’t authorize use of a statement she made, in late-night robo-calls to Nevada voters concerning a ballot measure about the election of judges, reports the Associated Press.

Additional election coverage:

Anchorage Daily News: “Supreme Court blocks write-in list decision”

Florida Independent: “Judge denies conservative activists’ request to block campaign finance law”

McClatchy News Service: “Lawyer Unlocked Election Vaults”

News Press: “Rural Election Judge Sees Democracy at Eye Level”

Wall Street Journal Law Blog: “Was Justice Kennedy’s Opinion in Citizens United ‘Uninformed’?”

Washington Independent: “Attorney General Races Threaten Foreclosure Investigation”

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