The Supreme Court should restore the First Amendment in Minnesota

From National Review:

When you vote in Minnesota, if you wear a T-shirt with the historic and famous Gadsden flag on it — the first flag of the Continental Marines — then you will get thrown out of your polling place. Apparently, wearing a picture of a coiled rattlesnake and the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me” is a “political” message that is banned at the polls.

Andy Cilek of the Minnesota Voters Alliance (MVA) wore such a shirt in 2010, and was thrown out of his polling place. Cilek also wore a button that read “Please I.D. Me,” an obviously deeply subversive political statement — at least according to Minnesota election officials.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in MVA’s case challenging Minnesota’s unconstitutional ban on so-called political T-shirts and apparel at the polls. The Court should throw out this overbroad restriction on core political speech, which violates First Amendment protections. Some of the claims made on Wednesday by Daniel Rogan, the lawyer for Ramsey County, the defendant in the lawsuit, would be funny if they weren’t so dangerous to the First Amendment rights of ordinary citizens…

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