ACLU files lawsuit against Arkansas, challenges ballot access

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August 28, 2009

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels recently decertified the Green Party as a political party, and the American Civil Liberties Union is taking offense. The ACLU and it’s Arkansas Branch filed a federal lawsuit on August 27, 2009 challenging the secretary’s decision.

According to the lawsuit, the secretary violated state law and free speech rights. ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Bryan Sells stated:"The First Amendment protects not only the right of third parties to compete in the political arena but also the right of individual voters to support the candidates who best reflect their political views."[1]

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