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.