Supreme Court to hear Minnesota voter apparel law challenge

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Gator Fever, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Gator Fever

    Gator Fever Senior Member

    Jun 13, 2014
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    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a conservative group's free speech challenge to a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing T-shirts or other apparel adorned with overtly political messages inside polling stations.

    A group called the Minnesota Voters Alliance is appealing a lower court's decision to uphold the law, which forbids political badges, buttons or other insignia inside polling places during primary or general elections. State election officials have interpreted the law as also barring campaign literature and material from groups with political views such as the conservative Tea Party movement or the liberal

    The Minnesota Voters Alliance, a St. Paul-based group that says it seeks to expose voter fraud, and several other organizations sued in 2010 claiming state officials turned polling places into "speech-free zones," violating the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment protection of freedom of speech.

    In rulings in 2013 and 2017, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld the Minnesota restrictions, suggesting the law helps maintain "peace, order and decorum" at polling sites.

    My view on that would be you are violating free speech rights if you are barring stuff that isn't specifically promoting a candidate or party in the race by name. I don't care which side of the fence the group or logo etc. is usually associated with. Imo they shouldn't even be able to bar someone from having a picture of marijuana on their shirt regardless if that was on the ballot or not.
  2. diehardg8r

    diehardg8r Junior Member

    Sep 14, 2014
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