Freedom of Petition

NAACP v. Button (1963)

States could not stop the NAACP from soliciting people to serve as litigants in federal court cases challenging segregation.

Meyer v. Grant (1988)

States could not bar groups from hiring individuals who circulate petitions in support of a ballot measure.

Buckley v. American Constitutional Law Foundation (1999)

The Court ruled that states could not require petition circulators to be registered voters, wear name badges, or disclose information about themselves and their salaries.

John Doe #1 v. Reed (2010)

The Supreme Court ruled that the government’s disclosure of the names of voters who signed a referendum petition did not violate the First Amendment.