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McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission

Regulation Of The Electoral Process

Before the Supreme Court, Ohio argued that 3599.09(A) was a "reasonable regulation of the electoral process." As in Talley, though, the Court found that the statute was not limited to documents containing falsehoods. The Ohio statute differed from the Los Angeles ordinance, however, in its specific application to documents intended to sway voters. The Court's job in this case, then, was to "decided whether and to what extent the First Amendment's protection of anonymity encompasses documents intended to influence the electoral process."

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