- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A Douglas County man is suing the county and election officials, saying his civil rights were violated when a poll worker asked him to remove his National Rifle Association hat when he went to vote.

The Southeastern Legal Foundation filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Atlanta on behalf of Bundy Cobb.

The lawsuit says elections officials told Cobb to remove his NRA instructor hat inside the polling place. Cobb says elections officials told him the NRA is seen as being associated with the Republican party so the hat could be considered an illegal campaign material.

Douglas County attorney Ken Bernard did not immediately return an email seeking comment Tuesday.

The lawsuit challenges what it calls a per se ban on clothing referencing the NRA at county polling places.

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