Minnesota's voter dress code unconstitutional?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

voting in AmericaThe United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear arguments over Minnesota's controversial dress code for voters.

Minnesota has a law that bans any apparel that could be interpreted as political from being worn inside a polling area.

This means that T-shirts saying “Chamber of Commerce,” “AFL-CIO,” “NAACP” and “Don't Tread On Me” are in the same category as “Vote for Trump” or “Vote for Hillary.”

Attorney Wen Fa of Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) maintains that this prohibitive law is a violation of the First Amendment. He is assisting the plaintiffs in the lawsuit known as Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky.

"Pacific Legal Foundation … litigates cases for liberty in courts across the United States, and one of those courts is the Supreme Court of the United States, where we have had a tremendous run of success, including nine Supreme Court wins in our last 10 cases," Fa told OneNewsNow. "I found out about this case by basically reading a newspaper article and I said, 'Wow, something like this couldn't exist and it certainly would violate the First Amendment,' so I contacted the counsel representing the parties, and that's how we got involved."

Fa informed that SCOTUS has been very friendly to those who champion First Amendment rights in the past.

"Basically, Minnesota has created a speech-free zone at the polling place and speech-free zones, as the Supreme Court has held [that these] are inconsistent with the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment," the legal expert explained. "It's a law that bans speech of people – regardless of their views – and that's why I think that justices on either side of the conservative-liberal divide – if you want to call it that – would be interested in taking this case and invalidating this case as a violation of the First Amendment."

Arguments have not yet been scheduled, but Fa believes that they will take place early next year.

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