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KERRY SHIRT, BUSH MASK SPUR POLLING SITE ARREST

A man wearing a John Kerry T-shirt and President Bush mask at an election office was charged with disorderly conduct for breaking a law that bans campaigning near polling places, police said.

Kevin Dodds also was charged with the seldom-invoked crime of wearing a mask. A Georgia law aimed at the Ku Klux Klan makes wearing masks illegal except on "holidays and special occasions."

On Friday, the last day of Georgia's early voting period, Dodds' wife, accompanied by an infant wearing a Kerry-Edwards shirt, went to vote. Poll workers asked the woman to turn the child's shirt inside out so she could remain and vote, but she reportedly refused and left.

Later that day, Kevin Dodds went to the polling place saying he wanted to protest the objection to the baby's shirt. A police report said Dodds stood outside screaming, sometimes using foul language, and refused requests to take off his mask.

When Dodds, 35, was arrested, he "reeked of alcohol," police Sgt. Chris Robinson said.

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