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MEDINA COUNTY -- A few people who wanted to vote for the Buckeye School levy were turned away because of their clothing.

Kim Cecelich, who came to vote Tuesday morning at the polling place on the corner of Route 18 and Columbia Road in York Township, was wearing an orange T-shirt which said "Buckeye Schools."

She was told by a poll worker she had to turn it inside out before she would be allowed to vote.

"I did not think that was right," Cecelich told WKYC, "but I went into the restroom and turned it inside-out and then voted yes."

She said another man who was wearing a T-shirt which said "Buckeye Schools" was told he either had to take it off or turn it inside-out. He did neither, according to Cecelich,and walked away from the polling location.

A third man who was asked to turn his T-shirt inside-out complied, said Cecelich, and was allowed to cast a ballot.

"It's almost as if they were trying to suppress the vote," she said.

"We heard these reports and immediately called Columbus," said Buckeye Local Schools Superintendent Brian Williams. "They called the polling location and told the poll workers people could not be denied just by wearing a Buckeye Schools shirt."

The shirts in question did not urge people to vote yes or no, according to Williams, but merely said Buckeye Schools.

The orange clothing has been a symbol in a campaign to pass the 7.9 mill operating levy on the ballot.

The district has not passed such a levy since 1994, and the last 12 attempts have resulted in defeat.

Campaign materials are not permitted within certain distances of polling locations, but Williams did not believe clothing that merely displayed the words "Buckeye Schools," or its logo, were campaign materials.

Parents and children dressed in similar shirts held signs at a number of polling locations urging people to vote for the levy. They stayed the required 100 feet away from the entrances of the polling stations.

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