Supreme Court Considers State Ban on Political Apparel in Polling Place

Stephen Miller, vice chair of Cozen O'Connor's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group, and Pamela Dorian, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, co-authored, in The Legal Intelligencer "Supreme Court Considers State Ban on Political Apparel in Polling Place." Does the First Amendment allow a state to prohibit voters from wearing “political” apparel, such as T-shirts and buttons, in the voting booth on Election Day? The U.S. Supreme Court will address this question in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, setting up a clash between a state’s interests in an intimidation-free polling place versus an individual’s freedom of speech. Throughout each election cycle, Americans are bombarded with political speech on a daily basis. From TV commercials to yard signs to bumper stickers, it often seems like there is no escape from the entreaties. But, in fact, there is an escape—the voting booth itself.

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