The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Minnesota law banning voters from wearing political apparel to the polls, saying it was too draconian in stifling Americans' First Amendment rights.

The 7-2 decision said it may be possible for states to restrict stridently political T-shirts and buttons, but the justices said Minnesota didn't justify why its law needed to be so broad.

David Bodney, a First Amendment lawyer at Ballard Spahr, said the court struck a balance between the right to vote and the right to engage in political discourse.

"All nine justices agreed that polling places are special places, and that government can regulate speech more freely to keep them free from the 'clamor and din of electioneering'," he said. "But when government regulates speech inside a polling place, according to seven of the justices, it must do so reasonably."

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