The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an old election law barring people from wearing political apparel to their polling locations is illegal. As noted by the Washington Times, nearly all of the judges held that the law was dated, draconian, and trampled on Americans’ First Amendment rights.
In a 7-2 decision, the court struck down a Minnesota law after it was challenged by Andrew Cilek. The state voter filed a lawsuit in 2010 after he was told he couldn’t cast his vote because he was wearing a t-shirt with a Tea Party logo on it. This is a huge win for freedom and state’s rights.
The court’s ruling means states can still pass certain laws forbidding specific clothing, buttons, and items, but that the laws needed to be more focused and straightforward.
The court held that the initial law was too arbitrary and broad. Now, states will have the chance to create new legislation and pass it into law. As stated in the court’s opinion, this offers more power back to individual states rather than the federal government applying one law to everyone.
Writing the opinion for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said the election law was too broad, and shouldn’t have allowed random poll workers to determine what may or may not be “political.”
Poll workers, who are typically older individuals who volunteer to work on elections, were allowed to decide whether someone was wearing political apparel that violated the law.
As such, it created cases for years that ignited tensions and arguments, when, in reality, the entire law was bogus.
Most people know who they are voting for when they go to the polls. If they don’t, then they were probably just going to guess or write in a random name.
The majority opinion stated that people can wear apparel and gear showing support for their preferred candidate, saying they are entitled to that right under the Constitution.
For decades, the draconian law created unnecessary conflicting and mischievous decisions over whether someone was wearing an item that contained a political message.
It’s no different than a fan or player showing support for their team with a hat or jersey — they are entitled to that right, even if it upsets someone else.
The lower courts, which have been dominated by liberals for decades, sided with Minnesota. Now, that law has been overturned. The ruling is a big win for freedom and giving more power back to the states.