February 17, 2018

PLF events on Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

By Wen Fa Attorney

On February 28, PLF will present oral argument in an important First Amendment case before the Supreme Court of the United States. In Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, PLF is seeking to invalidate a broad Minnesota ban on voter apparel, and vindicate the right to free speech for all.

Over the next two weeks, PLF attorneys will be speaking about the case at multiple events. We hope you will join us.

On February 20, PLF’s Todd Gaziano will deliver remarks to the Heritage Foundation as part of a panel on the major First Amendment cases of this Supreme Court term. Todd will be joined by Jacob Huebert, Director of Litigation at the Liberty Justice Center; and Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.

On February 22, Wen Fa will participate in a panel discussion at Cato Institute with former Deputy Solicitor General Ginger Anders (who represents the government) and Cato’s Trevor Burrus.

On February 26, Wen Fa will speak to the America’s Future Foundation at Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington, Virginia. Join Wen and other liberty-minded professionals after work and get an inside look on the case just two days before it is argued before the Supreme Court.

On February 27, Wen Fa will speak to the Federalist Society at Georgetown University Law Center.

On February 28, Heritage Foundation will host a post-argument reception. Come hear remarks about the argument from oral advocate Dave Breemer and lead client Andy Cilek.

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Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

On February 28, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in our case challenging a Minnesota election law that literally strips free speech rights from the backs of voters. A Minnesota state law prohibits voters from wearing “political” apparel at a polling place. This includes any t-shirt, button, or other item that identifies any political issue and even any organization that is known to take positions on political issues. Voters who wear AFL-CIO or NRA caps are told they must remove them before they can enter the polling place and vote. If they refuse, election officials take their names for possible prosecution and penalties up to $5,000. Lower courts upheld this law on the theory that government can ban all expression, besides voting, at a polling place.

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