Supreme Court Rules Petition Signers Can't Keep Names Secret

"The Internet is a new component in this argument," said Gene Policinski of the First Amendment Center. "In the past your name was very often public, but there wasn't the ease with which you could be targeted on the basis of where you live or work, which is very easily done now in an era of Google maps, face book pages and the rest."

Nearly half of the states filed a brief in support of the public records act in Washington state arguing that public records acts are essential to the prevention of election fraud and the promotion of open government.

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