Two major Supreme Court decisions for freedom of expression and the integrity of elections
Two major victories in the Supreme Court today set a precedent for maintaining the integrity of our elections.
The first case related to Arizona electoral rules which prohibit third parties from collecting mail-in ballots (also known as collecting ballots) and prohibiting votes cast in the wrong constituency. The argument against these rules was that they somehow disadvantaged minority groups in the state in violation of the Voting Rights Act. However, the Supreme Court upheld the electoral rules as reasonable measures to ensure election security and that this guarantee does not violate the Voting Rights Act at all.
ACLJ Director of Government Affairs Thann Bennett explained the importance of the decision:
The decision is so important because it is a victory for the Constitution. The Constitution clearly gives the power to fix the mechanisms of elections to the States. . . . This decision today justifies the position we have been defending from the start – that if you want secure elections, the right place to house this authority as the Constitution does is at the state level. . . . The Supreme Court rightly recognized that today.
The second victory concerns an issue we know very well – the targeting of conservative organizations. We have already fought this fight and won against the IRS. But in California, the problem was that charities and California organizations that received 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, which would prevent their organizations from fulfilling their missions as we have seen before. Ultimately, the Supreme Court upheld donor confidentiality for these charities.
We have filed two critical amicus briefs in this case defending conservative groups and the First Amendment, and ultimately the court sided with us in saying that Americans must be protected. Being a donor to a Conservative charity shouldn’t subject you to harassment. Period. We won.
ACLJ Policy Director Harry Hutchison commented on the consequences of targeting organizations for political purposes:
It is clear beyond doubt that disclosure of donor information has a chilling effect, on what? Freedom of expression and freedom of association. In California in particular, it’s important to note that someone who took over the management of a leading tech company lost their job. Why? Because his donation to a group opposed by the politically correct left in California has been made public. So, at the end of the day, it’s very important to note that the California Attorney General, standing on the broad shoulders of Kamala Harris and other former attorneys general, was basically aiming. . . conservative groups. Why? Because they want to reduce the political capacity of these organizations to defend the interests of their members. This ruling maintains both the First Amendment rights of charities and the First Amendment rights of donors. This means that these charities should continue to receive donations from a wide range of people. It is very important for our democracy.
We told you that the Justice Department is suing the state of Georgia over an election law similar to the election laws the Supreme Court just upheld in Arizona and California. With the victories won by the Supreme Court, there is hope that many states will follow and adjust their electoral laws to ensure fair elections.
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