Peace as electioneering

A woman wearing a “Grannies for Peace” button was denied access to the voting booths yesterday. She was accused of “electioneering.” The administrator said pollwatchers face having to make such distinctions “all the time” but couldn’t come up with another example.

Since when has the peace sign become a partisan symbol? It had been relegated to Baby Boomer nostalgia, and to post-baby boomers with That 70s Show until it took on urgent relevance with the current war.

Yes the peace sign expresses political advocacy, but does it have anything to do with the election? neither the Republican nor the Democrats are against the war in Iraq. For whom does the peace sign advocate?

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