Ballot Initiative Transparency Act

FEDERAL COURT RULES BALLOT INITIATIVE BACKERS CAN BE ANONYMOUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2014 (San Francisco) – Voters don’t have the right to know who is paying for ballot initiatives before signing a petition to put measures on the ballot, a federal court has ruled. By a slim 2-1 vote, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week overturned a California election law that had required this information be disclosed on petitions presented by signature gatherers.


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