Two Major Decisions From the Supreme Court for Free Speech and Election Integrity
Two major victories issued today at the Supreme Court have set the precedent for upholding the integrity of our elections.
The first case was related to Arizona election rules that prohibit third parties from collecting mail-in ballots (also known as ballot harvesting) and disallow votes that were casted in the wrong precinct. The argument against these rules were that it somehow disadvantages the state’s minority groups in violation of the Voting Rights Act. However, the Supreme Court upheld the election rules as reasonable measures to ensure the security of elections and that this safeguard does not at all violate the Voting Rights Act.
ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett explained the importance of this ruling:
The ruling is so important because it is a win for the Constitution. The Constitution clearly gives the authority to set the mechanics of elections to the states. . . . This ruling today justifies the position that we’ve been advocating for from the beginning – that if you want secure elections then the right place to house that authority as the Constitution does is at the state level. . . . The Supreme Court rightly acknowledged that today.
The second victory is pertaining to an issue we are very familiar with – the targeting of conservative organizations. We’ve already fought this fight and won against the IRS. But in California, the issue at hand was California charities and organizations who receive financial contributions were going to have to disclose the information of major donors. This is clearly a concern as the information could be used to target conservatives or other groups making it unable for their organizations to fulfill their missions like we have seen before. Ultimately, the Supreme Court backed donor privacy for these charities.
We filed two critical amicus briefs in this case defending conservative groups and the First Amendment, and ultimately the Court sided with us that Americans must be protected. Being a donor to a conservative charity should not subject you to harassment. Period. We won.
ACLJ Director of Policy Harry Hutchison commented on the consequences of targeting organizations for political gain:
It’s clear beyond question that the release of donor information has a chilling effect, on what? Freedom of speech and freedom of association. In California specifically, it’s important to note that an individual who took the leadership at a leading tech firm lost his job. Why? Because his donation to a group that was opposed by the politically correct Left in California was disclosed publicly. So, at the end of the day, it’s very important to note that the attorney general of California standing on the broad shoulders of Kamala Harris and other former attorney generals basically was targeting . . . conservative groups. Why? Because they want to shrink the political capacity of those organizations to advocate on behalf of their members. This decision upholds both the first amendment rights of the charities and the first amendment rights of donors. That means that those charities should continue to receive donations from a wide range of individuals. That is very important for our democracy.
We’ve told you that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgia over a voting law similar to the voting laws the Supreme Court just upheld in Arizona and California. With victories coming out of the Supreme Court, there is hope that many states will follow and adjust their voting laws to ensure fair elections.
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Today’s full Sekulow broadcast is complete with even more analysis of the two important Supreme Court decisions in Arizona and California.
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