TOPEKA – (February 14, 2018) – State laws that prohibit political signs and other passive forms of electioneering near polling places do not violate the First Amendment, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has told the U.S. Supreme Court. In a case arising from Minnesota, Schmidt and 10 other state attorneys general filed a friend-of-the-court brief earlier this week arguing that a statute – like the one at issue in Minnesota and like a similar statute in Kansas – that prohibits political signs and other passive electioneering near polling places are a valid exercise of state authority to protect the integrity of the voting booth. “Amici States … have a strong interest in preserving their ability to enact reasonable and viewpoint-neutral restrictions...
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AG Derek Schmidt to U.S. Supreme Court: States may lawfully ban electioneering near polls