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Supreme Court rules state law banning political apparel at polls is illegal
The Washington Times ^ | June 14, 2018 | Alex Swoyer

Posted on 06/14/2018 8:21:35 AM PDT by jazusamo

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Minnesota law banning voters from wearing political apparel to the polls, saying it was too draconian in stifling Americans’ First Amendment rights.

The 7-2 decision said it may be possible for states to restrict stridently political T-shirts and buttons, but the justices said Minnesota didn’t justify why its law needed to be so broad.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; apparel; clothing; firstamendment; minnesota; political; politicalapparel; scotus; supremecourt; voterpolls
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1 posted on 06/14/2018 8:21:36 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: All

Sotomayor and Breyer dissented.


2 posted on 06/14/2018 8:24:05 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

I would hope this would carry over to other public places - such as schools. For too long anti American slogans were acceptable but pro American ones were banned.

More lawsuits in the future.


3 posted on 06/14/2018 8:24:26 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (US out of the UN, UN out of the US)
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To: jazusamo

It’s campaigning at a polling place! What’s the difference?


4 posted on 06/14/2018 8:24:39 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: jazusamo

Don’t like the wiggle room on “stridently political” apparel.

Either the First Amendment means what is says, or it doesn’t.


5 posted on 06/14/2018 8:26:11 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

If voters are so stupid as to change their votes at the last second because of something written on a cheap tee shirt, they shouldn’t be voting any ways..............


6 posted on 06/14/2018 8:28:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (When Obama and VJ go to prison for treason, will Roseanne get her show back?...)
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To: jazusamo
[Plaintiff] couldn’t vote in 2010 because he was wearing a T-shirt with the emblem of a local tea party group and had a button asking for poll workers to check his ID.

So RBG and Sotomayor dissented. Can't even ask to check voter ID's. That crosses a clear line regarding inadmissible speech. It resonates of hate.

7 posted on 06/14/2018 8:34:01 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Obviously it doesn’t.


8 posted on 06/14/2018 8:34:48 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Freep mail me if you want to be on my Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Ping List)
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To: jazusamo

So basically libs can allow lib shirts and reject conservative ones, they just call the ones they don’t like “stridently political.”

SCROTUS falls way short again.


9 posted on 06/14/2018 8:37:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Genoa

A voter needs to show up vote and move on. And should be able to wear whatever they want.

A poll worker shouldn’t wear clothing endorsing either party or candidate.

Campaign workers, outside of going in once to vote, need to stay the prescribed distance from the polls.

Anyone trying to intimidate voters needs to spend time in the pokey.


10 posted on 06/14/2018 8:40:33 AM PDT by DannyTN
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Mark my words, there will be brawls at polling places over somebody’s messaging.


11 posted on 06/14/2018 8:42:01 AM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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12 posted on 06/14/2018 8:42:34 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

I remember in the 90s I had an “Impeach Clinton” button and they wouldn’t let me wear it to vote. I explained that this wasn’t a presidential election to no avail. Realizing the poll worker was just trying to do her job I took it off to vote.


13 posted on 06/14/2018 8:48:32 AM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: Genoa
It’s campaigning at a polling place! What’s the difference?

The difference is campaigning is actively speaking for a candidate. Wearing, say a MAGA hat, is support for a candidate you have no direct affiliation with or even if you did and you were just there to vote. Now you don't have to change shirts or leave your hat in your car or down your pants.

14 posted on 06/14/2018 8:49:07 AM PDT by Boomer (Leftism is the Mental/Moral Equivalent of End Stage Cancer)
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To: jazusamo

Free whiskey used to be a thing at the polls in days of old but not so much anymore.

The supremes need to address this inequality!!


15 posted on 06/14/2018 8:54:39 AM PDT by Rebelbase ( Tagline disabled.)
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eye bleach alert!


16 posted on 06/14/2018 9:22:44 AM PDT by null and void (Have the courage to shine the light of reason in a dark world)
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Dayum, that should be banned out in the boonies even at midnight with no moon.


17 posted on 06/14/2018 9:40:09 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Rebelbase

Thanks to America-hating kneelers every piece of NFL fan gear is now political.


18 posted on 06/14/2018 9:41:30 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo
The ruling itself can be found HERE. (supremecourt.gov)

I find it's generally worthwhile to read the court's reasoning instead of what you find filtered through the media, which will lie any time it's agenda is threatened.

19 posted on 06/14/2018 10:17:22 AM PDT by zeugma (Power without accountability is fertilizer for tyranny.)
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I think the other difference is a private citizen wearing a shirt with a defined or perceived political message is far different than a campaign worker or election officer wearing one.

Now, to decide. NRA or MAGA hat when I go vote?


20 posted on 06/14/2018 10:17:51 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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