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Forum News Service, Published December 17 2013

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Minnesota campaigning law case

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case about a Minnesota law that bans campaigning at the polls on election day.

Conservative groups Minnesota Majority and North Star Tea Party Patriots were among those that challenged the law. They mostly were complaining about buttons and shirts promoting a political position.

“On its face, the contested Minnesota statute opposes all political content of apparel; thereby the Minnesota statute covers the universe of expressive activity,” the Christian Science Monitor reported that Minneapolis lawyer Erick Kaardal wrote in his petition urging the court to take up the case. “The government simply presumes that political speech on apparel automatically harms potential voters."

The law provides up to a $300 fine.

A federal judge had dismissed the lawsuit, an action upheld by an appeals court.