Did You Know That Minnesota Has a Dress Code for Voting?
This took me by surprise. Minnesota actually has a dress code...for voting!
I don't exactly dress-up in my Sunday best when I vote; it's usually after work, and I rarely feel like going home, changing into something "presentable," and the driving to the polling place to exercise my civic duty.
To create a "safe space for democracy," the state bans t-shirts, hats and buttons that express political views. This includes support for gun rights/control and labor unions.
Critics say that a "t-shirt will not destroy democracy." Are we sure about this? This is the same country with a state whose official state vegetable is a watermelon.
First Amendment violation? I dunno. The law was upheld in St Louis (home of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit...the Fighting Eighths!) and is before the Supreme Court (Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, No. 16-1435).
As long as I don't have to wear a tuxedo to vote (and, of course, I can still vote), I'm down with whatever.
H/T: NY Times