Another Supreme Court decision has arrived in a flurry expected this month. The SCOTUS voted 7-2 to strike down a Minnesota law banning voters from wearing political apparel such as partisan T-shirts or MAGA caps at the polls. The case was brought by a voter who was told he had to remove his Tea Party shirt and “Please I.D. Me” button before being allowed to vote, which the SCOTUS ruled was a violation of his First Amendment free speech rights.
The majority held that states may ban campaign signs, solicitations and other direct attempts to influence voters in and near polling places to protect voters from the clamor and din of electioneering. But extending that ban to passive, non-disruptive expressions of political views such as a voter’s own clothing is taking it too far.
So does this mean I can now vote while wearing a T-shirt with my daughter’s picture on it?