The United States Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota statute Thursday that barred individuals from wearing “political apparel” to polling stations, saying the law had “good intentions” but overstepped government authority and violated free speech.
In a 7-2 ruling, the justices ruled against the state over a lawsuit that banned a Minnesota resident from wearing a “tea party shirt” while voting.
“Minnesota, like other states, has sought to strike the balance in a way that affords the voter the opportunity to exercise his civic duty in a setting removed from the clamor and din of electioneering,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “While that choice is generally worthy of our respect, Minnesota has not supported its good intentions with a law capable of reasoned application.”
Currently 11 states and the District of Columbia ban voters from wearing politically-themed “badges, buttons, or other insignias” inside or near the “polling place.”
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