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James C. Nelson, Daily Montanan

James C. Nelson, Daily Montanan

James C. Nelson is a retired lawyer and former Montana Supreme Court Justice. He lives in Helena.

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Voting is free speech

By: - March 9, 2022

When we think of freedom of speech, the spoken word is usually what comes to mind. But the First Amendment of the federal Constitution (and, hence, Article II, section 7 of Montana’s Constitution) also protect symbolic speech. Symbolic speech is non-verbal action that clearly conveys a specific message to anyone who sees and reads it. […]