Minnesota does. And the Minnesota Voters Alliance says the law violates the First Amendment.
The government is allowed to regulate people’s actions if it has a good reason. If the actions regulated are protected rights – constitutional rights – the government must be considerate. It cannot regulate too much.
That’s the issue here.
Is Minnesota’s law banning all political apparel too much?
Minnesota does have an important interest: maintaining peace at the polls and minimizing voter intimidation. But really, all political insignia on clothing? Is that necessary?
The Supreme Court will be comparing this case to a 1992 case out of Tennessee. In Burson v. Freeman, Tennessee banned any campaigning within 100 feet of the entrance to the voting place. The Supreme Court said the regulation was acceptable in light of Tennessee’s interest in maintaining peace.
Let’s see if this case is similar to that one, or alternatively, if Minnesota’s regulation is too broad. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on February 28, 2018.
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