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Union Demands That Michigan Clarify|Rule That Could Disenfranchise Voters

DETROIT (CN) - The AFSCME labor union sued Michigan's secretary of state, demanding clarification of rules "that prohibit the wearing of 'campaign buttons, or clothing bearing a campaign slogan or a candidate's name.'" The union fears that arbitrary, discriminatory or inconsistent application of the rule could disenfranchise voters on Nov. 4.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 25 AFL-CIO claims the rule "intimidates, threatens or coerces persons for urging a person to vote, and intimidates, threatens or coerces persons for exercising powers and/or duties under the Voting Rights Act" and the Constitution.

AFSCME says the harm threatened by enforcement of the rule is substantial, while any harm from wearing a campaign button or slogan on a T-shirt "is minor at best."

It demands an injunction. Plaintiffs are represented in Federal Court by Herbert Sanders.

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