Signature Gathering

ST. LOUIS — The Eighth Circuit reversed a decision that enjoined the Arkansas secretary of state from enforcing the state’s initiative petition rules, which require in-person signatures and notarizations. A group of voters argued the rules violate their First Amendment rights and endanger people due to Covid-19, but the signature requirement does not impose “severe burdens” and the notarization requirement has no effect on the “communication of ideas associated with petition circulation.”

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