The Supreme Court has reportedly struck down a ban on political apparel at polling places.
The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that bans all political apparel at polling places.
In a 7-2 ruling, the court said the state law violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.
In delivering the opinion of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said the law does not define what apparel is "political," a word he that said can be expansive.
"It can encompass anything 'of or relating to government, a government, or the conduct of governmental affairs,'" he said, quoting Webster's dictionary definition. "Under a literal reading of those definitions a button or T-shirt merely imploring others to 'Vote!' could qualify."
Roberts, however, said that Minnesota polling places are nonpublic forums that, under the court's precedent, can be subject to content-based restrictions, "so long as the regulation on speech is reasonable and not an effort to suppress expression merely because public officials oppose the speaker's view,'" he said, quoting court precedent.
Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch joined Roberts in the majority.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor filed a dissenting opinion, which Justice Stephen Breyer joined.