REPORT: Supreme Court issues ruling on political apparel at polling places

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The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that bans all political apparel at polling places.

In a 7-2 ruling, the court said the state law violates the First Amendment’s protection of free speech.

The article goes on to state the following:

In delivering the opinion of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the law does not define what apparel is “political,” a word he that said can be expansive.

“It can encompass anything ‘of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of governmental affairs,’” he said, quoting Webster’s dictionary definition, “‘or anything ‘of relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state,’” he added, quoting the American Heritage Dictionary.

“Under a literal reading of those definitions a button or T-shirt merely imploring others to ‘Vote!’ could qualify.”

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