Registration Requirements for Petition Circulators

Registration requirements have been suggested in the legislatures of many states in recent years, making registration an up-and-coming threat to petitioning rights.

Forcing petition circulators to register means petition supporters must obtain permission from the state to engage in free speech activity. Both Federal and state courts have been very clear that petitioning is highly protected political speech under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The protections on free speech activity outlined in the United States Constitution are there specifically to protect against the restriction of speech by the state. No one should have to get permission from the state to exercise their rights under the First Amendment.