PLF’s Wen Fa speaks to Sacramento Federalist Society on PLF’s Supreme Court case
Pacific Legal Foundation isn’t just litigating for the free speech rights of voters in Minnesota that want to wear Tea Party shirts that say “liberty” or “don’t tread on me.” We’re fighting for small business owners in Tennessee who want to wear Chamber of Commerce shirts. We’re fighting for union members in New York who want to wear AFL-CIO shirts. We’re fighting for sportsmen in Texas who want to wear NRA shirts. And we’re fighting for civil rights advocates in Vermont who want to wear shirts that say NAACP. We’re fighting for all voters, no matter what their views, no matter where they live, for their First Amendment right to free speech.
You can read the entire transcript here. Last October, before the Supreme Court granted review, I delivered a speech on the same topic to students at the University of Michigan Law School. On February 12, I’ll be speaking to the Federalist Society at the University of Minnesota Law School. Thanks to my colleagues Debbie La Fetra, Oliver Dunford, and Dave Breemer, who are working with me to persuade the Supreme Court to vindicate the First Amendment rights of voters nationwide.
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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.Read more