State of New York

New York Line-Warming Ban

Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP v. Kosinski

Lawsuit filed on behalf of the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP against various New York election officials challenging the state’s line-warming ban, which prohibits nonpartisan groups from providing food and drink to individuals waiting in line to vote. The complaint alleges that this law violates the First and 14th Amendments because the law criminalizes protected free speech, burdening the plaintiff’s right to participate in the political process, and it is unconstitutionally overbroad and vague.

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