MN Voter: Vindicated by High Court on Clothing Law 15 Jun 18

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Minnesota voter who challenged a law restricting what could be worn to a polling place welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that agreed with him.

The high court struck down the law on Thursday, saying it violated the First Amendment. Most states have laws restricting what voters can wear to cast their ballots, but Minnesota’s law is one of the broadest.

Andy Cilek was blocked from voting in 2010 while wearing a “Tea Party Patriots” shirt. He says the case isn’t really about T-shirts or buttons, but rather “political exploitation of a statute that was overly broad.”

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon says he’ll make sure election judges know about the court’s decision. However, Simon says his read of the ruling is that it’s OK to continue banning clothing that advocates for specific candidates.