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Munro v. Socialist Workers Party
United States Supreme Court
479 U.S. 189 (1986)
In 1977, Washington state passed a law restricting the number of third-party and independent candidates eligible for general-election ballot access. Washington required independent and third-party candidates to attain a minimum number of supporters. The law sought to preserve primary elections as mechanisms for weeding out candidates, maintaining general-election orderliness. This law faced a constitutional challenge based on its alleged infringement of the First Amendment's freedom of association. The court of appeals ruled that Washington failed to offer evidence that this law addressed a historical pattern of general-election disorder.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
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