SCOTUS throws out absurd anti-free speech law in Minnesota

Carmel Kookogey · June 14, 2018  
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The Supreme Court overturned a Minnesota law banning any political apparel in voting facilities, The Hill reported Thursday.

The case was brought to the court by Minnesota Voters Alliance founder Andrew Cilek, who was stopped at Minnesota polls for wearing a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt.

Delaware, Kansas, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and South Carolina also have laws banning political apparel at polls, intended to “prevent voter intimidation.”

The 7-2 ruling in favor of Cilek held that “Minnesota’s political apparel ban violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment” and that the law introduced “confusing line-drawing problems” between what could be deemed political or not political.

This never even should have been a question.


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Author: Carmel Kookogey