Appeals Court rules against Ohio petition restrictions

Read case here.

Here is a quote from the 6th Dirstict Court of Appeals:

“The State of Ohio enacted a provision making it a felony to pay anyone for gathering signatures on election-related petitions on any basis other than the time worked. It did so for the sensible purpose of reducing fraudulent signatures. The provision, however, runs afoul of the First Amendment because it creates a significant burden on a core political speech right that is not narrowly tailored. Accordingly, we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment against the State.”

This is a huge victory for petition rights.