On the heels of a ruling that wearing World Wrestling Entertainment garb to Connecticut voting locations on election day would not constitute illegal electioneering for Republican Senatorial nominee Linda McMahon, former CEO of the WWE, the entertainment organization plans to hand out merchandise at select polling places.
Last week, the office of Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz had posed that the wearing of WWE merchandise in polling places could be illegal, prompting current WWE CEO Vince McMahon to file a lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton eventually ruled that voters could wear WWE gear, a ruling that “pleased” Vince.
Now, going one step farther, Vince announced plans to hand out WWE merchandise, gratis, at select polling places throughout the state on Tuesday, stating, “I can’t think of a better way for WWE fans to celebrate their constitutional rights and freedom of expression while voting than to proudly wear the WWE merchandise that Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz attempted to prohibit from the polls.”
“Out of respect for voters from all political parties,” the merchandise stands will be kept 75 feet away from polling places.