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SCOTUS to hear Minnesota ban on voter dress code

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether a Minnesota statute that prohibits wearing political apparel in polling places is unconstitutional. 

The Supreme Court said Monday it will take the case, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, challenging the law. Several groups sued just before the 2010 election to try to ensure officials would not bar them from wearing tea part apparel to the polls, including buttons that read, "Please I.D. Me." They referred to legislation that would have required voters to show identification at the polls.

Minnesota voters in 2012 rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have required voters to show photo identification before voting.

Lower courts upheld Minnesota's law barring political apparel at voting places, saying it's reasonable and applies equally to all political material regardless of viewpoint. 

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