Updated: Thursday, 28 Oct 2010, 5:07 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 28 Oct 2010, 4:54 PM EDT
Stamford, Conn. (WTNH) - Following a court fight over voters' rights to wear WWE clothing at the polls, CEO Vince McMahon now says the company will be handing out free merchandise on Election Day.
It started when Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz advised voters not to wear WWE garb because of Linda McMahon's association with the company. She said election officials could ask voters to cover up because it violated a state law that says political advertising is prohibited within 75 feet of the polls.
WWE filed a lawsuit, calling the directive discriminatory. A federal judge agreed and ruled that voters can wear anything they like, including WWE clothing, as long as it does not include the name or likeness of any candidate.
“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,” said Vince McMahon in a written statement.
WWE did not specify where they would be handing out the free merchandise, but say they will not be doing it within 75-feet of polling locations.