MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of voters who wanted to wear buttons that said “Please I.D. Me” to the polls.

U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen dismissed the case Friday with prejudice, which means it can’t be brought before the court again.

The lawsuit filed last fall by Minnesota Majority and other groups claimed the statute banning political apparel in polling places was unconstitutional.

Ericksen says that under election policy, a person wearing such items to the polls would be told to cover them up, but would still be allowed to vote.

She says polling places are neutral zones, and it’s reasonable for election judges to use discretion in enforcing the policy.

Messages left with Minnesota Majority officials were not immediately returned Friday.

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Comments (9)
  1. Mike says:

    Minnesota Majority working to promote the traditional values of fascism!

    1. Barney says:

      Mike, sad commentary, And, along with Riley, that’s a duo of dumb ducks. If you’re not legal, you don’t vote. Simple enough. Otherwise, I have a right to bring in voters to your union discussions whether I belong to your union or not.

      1. Mike says:

        Barney, The state of Minnesota has a 99.9 voter compliance rate for voters. Could you please supply the list of convicted voters who committed voter fraud in the last election?

  2. Riley says:

    Mike, Great comment, could not have said it better myself

  3. dan says:

    I suppose writing “See ID” on the back of my credit cards is illegal as well.

  4. Victim Du Jour says:

    A Kindergarten Child can read the 1st Amendment and understand what it says.

    Minnesota Judges don’t know how to read, most of them have been appointed and they don’t reflect democracy or a republic at all.

    1. Mike says:

      VDJ – If you don’t have anything worthy to offer to a conversation or argument, why don’t you just continue drinking and take a long nap….?

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        You are like the sound of a 1960’s Mono-tone robot repeating the same thing.

        “Victim Du Jour is not Mike Approved”

        Reminds me of someone with a useless College degree working in a fast food place calling everyone idiots and morons.

    2. Jeff says:

      I suppose they got their law degree from a cracker jack box? Reading is not the issue. It’s people like you that refuse to consider the other side of the issue. The first bill of right is freedom of press (which you and I are doing right now), petition, religion (which is being violated everywhere right now), assembly (which is also being violated by the right) and speech (which is also being violated by the right). If the right would actually talk rather than attack with no plan to do anything that left can actually look at as a whole, I believe we can come together and have real solutions. Stop whining and start doing something. If the right claims a mandate then lead, if you can’t lead, then step aside so someone with real potential can fix the real issues.

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