Court Rules Law Banning Lies in Campaigning Violates First Amendment

Posted by Molly Rockett on April 01, 2016

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a 2014 District Court Ruling that found Ohio's law banning false statements in campaigns in violation of the First Amendment protecting free speech. No further appeal is expected, and many expect the amount of untruths used in Ohio campaigns to rise following this ruling. Voters who are tired of negative campaigning and the increasing prevalence of attack advertisements should look to ranked choice voting for a better way of electing representatives that incentivizes positive and constructive campaigns. With ranked choice voting, candidates are rewarded for focusing on the issues and reaching out to a broader coalition of voters rather than relying on negative campaigning. 

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