Supremes Axe Law Banning Political Apparel At Polling Places, Strike Blow For Free Speech


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Minnesota law banning political apparel in the polling place violates the First Amendment.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion striking down the law for a seven-justice majority, which included Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch.

“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 offered by Minnesota here,” Roberts wrote.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, joined by Justice Stephen Breyer.

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