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Supreme Court conundrum: Should the right to vote depend on what you wear?

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Political and social issue buttons are seen on a bag worn by a participant in the Equality March for Unity and Pride San Jose rally at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose, California., on Sunday, June 11, 2017. /Josie Lepe:Bay Area News Group.

By Richard Wolf | USA TODAY

The Supreme Court is asked frequently to rule on issues affecting the right to vote. On Wednesday, the issue was how to dress.

Can a state prohibit voters from wearing a “Make America Great Again” or “Me Too” T-shirt? How about displaying the gay rights movement’s rainbow flag, or “Parkland Strong” to support the Florida community shaken by the Feb. 14 school shooting?

And why would it be OK to herald the First Amendment across one’s chest, but not the Second Amendment?

“The problem is that so many things have political connotations,” Justice Samuel Alito said. “There are always going to be hard calls.”



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