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First Amendment:
Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation

Docket Number: 97-930
Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
Subjects: Voter Initiative Petitions; State Petition Circulation Requirements

Argued: October 14, 1998

Decided: January 12, 1999
Vote: 6-3

At Issue: Whether Colorado may require people who circulate initiative petitions to be registered voters, to wear identification badges and to be subject to certain financial reporting requirements.

Decision: The justices ruled that a state may not require people who circulate petitions for ballot initiatives to wear identification badges, be registered voters in the state or be subject to requirements on how much they were paid to collect signatures.

The full text of the Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation decision is available at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Background from The Post
High Court Rejects Curbs on Ballot Initiatives (January 13, 1999)
High Court Considers Initiative Restrictions (October 15, 1998)
Post Series: The Ballot Battle: Initiatives in the 1998 Campaign
State Ballot Initiatives that Passed in 1998

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1999 The Washington Post Company

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