Southeastern Legal Foundation today filed a civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Northern District, Atlanta based on the actions of elections officials in executing alleged “policy” by forbidding Douglas County, GA resident Bundy Cobb from wearing his National Rifle Association (NRA) Instructor hat to vote. (Bundy Cobb v. Douglas County, Georgia, et al., Case No. 1:14-mi-99999-UNA), filed December 8, 2014 (case # to be assigned per court).
According to Cobb, he was told by elections officials that “the NRA is perceived to be associated with the Republicans” and was therefore illegal “campaign” material under law. Cobb opted to remove his hat in order to vote. Cobb could have been subject to arrest, imprisonment, and a fine under Georgia electioneering laws if he had not complied.
Hat-1163161462599_originalThe lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the alleged policy and the actions of the poll worker in forcing Cobb to remove his hat to vote. A copy of the lawsuit is available here. See photos of the hat attached.
Cobb, a retired insurance agent and Army veteran, is an NRA-certified firearms safety instructor and runs a business teaching gun safety. He and his wife vote “in every election,” carefully researching candidates and their positions before casting a vote.