I went to the check-in table and was about to sign my name to receive my ballot when one of the poll workers noticed the sign on my bag. I wasn't allowed to sign and was told no political messages were allowed.
I didn't get irate, but I did state that I had 1st amendment rights and would they please show me an RCW (Washington State law) or a Federal law that prevented me from displaying such a sign.
The workers weren't sure but then found some wording in their election handout that referred to campaign literature and a part pertaining to advocating for a specific candidate. I stated my sign did not fall into either category.
I was told they would have to get the supervisor. I didn't mind waiting and they were polite. The supervisor had to place a call to get the answer. They asked him what the sign said, so he had to say IMPEACH BUSH. As I thought, it did not violate any rules and was "approved".
I knew they were just trying to make sure they were following the rules and it was a polite exchange between all parties involved. But the best part was, IMPEACH BUSH was given more attention - visually, verbally and by the people coming into vote listening to the exchange! A small thing, but SOMEthing.
I thought I had signed up for absentee ballot but didn't receive one, so I was also pleasantly surprised when each voter was given the option of electronic or paper vote. I thought it was all electronic. There weren't any chads either, You had to make a straight pen line to the arrow of the candidate or issue voted on.