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Supreme Court Strikes Down Minnesota’s Voter Clothing Law

The Supreme Court strikes down a Minnesota law that restricted what voters can wear to polls. Among other things it had barred voters from casting a ballot wearing clothing with the name of a candidate or political party.

Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively tells KLIN News that Nebraska bars any type of campaign activity within 200 feet of a building where voting is going on.

Shively says they’ve always referenced that as meaning wearing political campaign buttons and t-shirts with logos.

Most states have laws restricting what voters can wear to cast their ballots but Minnesota’s law is one of the broadest. While suggesting some clothing restrictions are permissable…the justices ruled that Minnesota’s law goes too far and violates the First Amendment.

Shively says that he expects many attorneys will be reviewing the ruling to see if it applies to their states’ election laws.

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