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SCOTUS won't hear case brought by MN conservatives upset about voting dress code

The folks who brought you this bus stop ad wanted to bring their case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The folks who brought you this bus stop ad wanted to bring their case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a group of Minnesota conservatives regarding a state election law barring voters from wearing political attire to polling places on Election Day.

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According to a Christian Science Monitor report, SCOTUS "took the action in a one-line order without comment. It lets stand a federal appeals court decision upholding the statute."

The case dates back to 2010, when the pro-voter ID group Minnesota Majority sued the state after election officials barred voters from casting ballots while wearing the group's buttons, shirts, and hats, which were adorned with messages like "Please I.D. Me," "Don't Tread on Me," and "We'll Remember in November."


But the lawsuit didn't have any success as it worked its way through the system. It was thrown out by a federal judge, and the judge's ruling was then upheld by an appeals court that ruled polling places aren't locations open for public debate and all the 1st Amendment protections it entails.

But in the petition where he asked SCOTUS to take up the case, Minneapolis lawyer Erick Kaardal argued the state law is a step toward a 1984-like future.

"The [appeals court's] decision... eviscerates any protection of the right to self-expression in the polling place and requires all individuals to essentially wear colorless coveralls to avoid prosecution for wearing apparel the government, with unfettered discretion, deems political," Kaardal wrote.

Violators of the statute face up to a $300 fine.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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