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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Nashville voter received a lesson right from the top Wednesday about what not to wear to a Tennessee polling place.

Mark Hicks was among the nearly 10,000 people who went to the polls in Davidson County on this first day of early voting, but he discovered that he would not be able to vote while wearing the Romney-Ryan t-shirt he had on.

"I have not seen anybody in writing show me a law that says I cannot wear this t-shirt to go in and vote," he told Nashville's News 2 outside the early voting polling place at the Hermitage Library.

Hicks drew the attention of poll officers who said he could not cast a ballot wearing the Romney-Ryan t-shirt.

"I said, 'Can you show me the law?' and he would not show the law or could not provide me the law, and he preceded to get on his cell phone and call police and tell them I was irate!" continued Hicks, who maintained he was not irate.

Police did not take any action against Hicks, and after he went home and changed his shirt, he was able to cast his ballot.

Referring to a handbook of Tennessee laws, state election coordinator Mark Goins told Hicks "campaign material" is not allowed within 100-feet of a polling place.

He explained the t-shirt Hicks was wearing and any t-shirt with any candidate's name is considered "campaign material."

While Hicks still seemed a little skeptical, he was appreciative of the information and the help he received from the top.

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