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 Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Some Minnesota voters wore shirts to their polling places in the 2010 election that bore the Tea Party emblem and slogans. Enforcing a state ban on wearing “political badges, political buttons, or political insignia” at the polls, election officials asked the voters to conceal the messages or remove them before voting. In one instance, the voter refused. Officials nevertheless eventually allowed him to vote, but recorded his name and address for referral for violation of state law. Does Minnesota’s Restriction on Individuals Wearing “Political Badges, Political Buttons, or Political Insignia” in the Polling Place Violate the First Amendment? Read more >>

By Steven D. Schwinn

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