WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Supreme Court hears a free speech challenge to a Minnesota law that prohibits voters from wearing decorated apparel with political messages at polling stations. Reuters reports that a conservative group called the Minnesota Voters Alliance is challenging the law.
The law covers basic apparel items such as T-shirts and hats, and the report says election officials also interpret the law as barring campaign literature and material bearing political views on site.
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The group says it poses the challenge because executive director Andrew Cilek was prevented from voting for wearing a T-shirt that bore the Tea Party logo. Reuters explains that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis previously upheld the regulation to maintain “peace, order, and decorum” at polling stations.
A ban on politically-charged apparel at polling places is common in other states as well, such as New Jersey, Texas, and Delaware.
The Supreme Court plans to review the case this week.