Public disclosure of the names and addresses of signers of referendum petitions does not violate the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The justices rejected a broad challenge to the state of Washington's Public Records Act in a case stemming from a referendum on a state law that extended benefits to same-sex couples. However, while rejecting the broad First Amendment challenge, the majority held open the possibility that the groups seeking anonymity in this particular case could press a narrower challenge.
High Court Rejects Effort to Keep Names of Petition Signers Secret
The National Law Journal
June 25, 2010