My speech to the Federalist Society at the University of Michigan Law School

Last Thursday, I spoke to the Federalist Society at the University of Michigan Law School about Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. In that case, we asked the Supreme Court to review a ban on political apparel (including shirts featuring the logo of the tea party, the Chamber of Commerce, and the AFL-CIO) at polling places across Minnesota. This morning, the Court relisted our petition.

Here is a transcript of my speech:

We’re lucky to be here in Ann Arbor. Across the country, thousands and thousands of Michigan fans are eager to watch the game this Saturday night between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.

Put yourself in their shoes for a second. Imagine you’re in a place far away from here. Far away from Michigan Stadium. Maybe you’re at a bar in Chicago. Maybe you’re at home in New York. This Saturday night, you gaze intently at the television as the game is ready to start.

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Speech this Thursday on Minnesota’s ban on political apparel

This Thursday, I’ll be speaking to the Federalist Society at the University of Michigan Law School on Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. The case, which the justices will consider at its conference on October 6, features a broad ban on political apparel at the polling place. PLF represents Minnesota voters in arguing that the ban, which extends to shirts by the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, violates the overbreadth doctrine of the First Amendment. Professor Sam Bagenstos will provide commentary on my speech.

Op-ed on political apparel ban

American Thinker has published my op-ed on PLF’s cert petition in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky. I begin the piece by explaining the importance of expression at the polling place:

The American polling place. It’s one of the iconic symbols of American freedom.  Whether it be the local high school gymnasium, a meeting room at the public library, or a neighbor’s garage, the polling place is a hallowed space where citizens of all backgrounds and beliefs come together to discharge the defining privilege of a democracy — the exercise of the franchise.

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What’s next for the Supreme Court?

The last Supreme Court term ended in June with two huge victories for free speech. The next term might bring more of the same.

This fall, the justices will decide whether to hear a free speech case that could have major ramifications for voters across the country. In Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, I represent Minnesota voters in their First Amendment challenge to a government-imposed dress code at polling places in the North Star State.

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