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    Supreme Court strikes down law banning political clothing at polls

    This will be interesting.

    The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that banned voters from going to the polls while wearing T-shirts, buttons and similar items containing politically charged messages.

    "If a State wishes to set its polling places apart as areas free of partisan discord, it must employ a more discernible approach than the one Minnesota has offered here," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court's majority.

    "For instance, the American Civil Liberties Union, the AARP, the World Wildlife Fund, and Ben & Jerry’s all have stated positions on matters of public concern. If the views of those groups align or conflict with the position of a candidate or party on the ballot, does that mean that their insignia are banned?"

    The lawsuit decided Thursday was brought by Minnesota political activist Andrew Cilek, who went to the polls in 2010 wearing a T-shirt with a Tea Party logo and the message: "Don't tread on me." He was initially denied the right to vote, but officials eventually relented and allowed him to cast a ballot. However, they suggested he could be subject to legal action over the shirt.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...e-court-646050

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    What could possibly go wrong?

    I'm not familiar with the reasoning for this particular case so for this state it may be perfectly understandable but I'm picturing people showing up at the polls baiting each other.
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    Let them wear their shirts and slogans, they serve as a "dick approaching" warning if nothing else. (Also dickess and from all sides, especially Libertarians)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Let them wear their shirts and slogans, they serve as a "dick approaching" warning if nothing else. (Also dickess and from all sides, especially Libertarians)
    You just gave the perfect answer! lol

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    Damn!

    I was going to dress like Borat for the midterms...
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    It seems the main problem was that the law was too vague to overcome the constitutional challenge. The MN legislature could fashion another one that is more detailed & specific, and within the bounds of this 7-2 decision (Sotomayor and Breyer dissenting).

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    The idea of someone being denied her/ his right to cast a vote because they wore an Obama shirt, or a MAGA hat.. in the US... should be completely unimaginable in anyone's mind.

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