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Freedom of Petition

Freedom of Petition

How has the Supreme court interpreted the right to petition? The right to petition the government for a redress of grievances is protected by the first amendment. Explore these Supreme Court cases to learn more about this important right.

NAACP v. Button (1963)

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

Meyer v. Grant (1988)

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

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. Read More.

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. Read More.