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McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission

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Citation. 22 Ill.514 U.S. 334, 115 S. Ct. 1511, 131 L. Ed. 2d 426, 23 Med. L. Rptr. 1577 (1995)

Brief Fact Summary. Margaret McIntyre (Mrs. McIntyre) distributed anonymous political information at several public meetings, expressing her opposition to a proposed tax levy. She was reported in violation of Ohio Elections Law, which required her to sign the leaflets. She appealed on the basis that the law suppressed political speech.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. Anonymous political speech is still to be protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (Constitution).


Facts. Mrs. McIntyre distributed anonymous political information at several public meetings, expressing her opposition to a proposed tax levy. She was reported in violation of Ohio Elections Law, which required her to sign the leaflets. The Ohio Elections Commission fined Mrs. McIntyre $100, which was reversed by the Court of Common Pleas. The Court of Appeals reinstated the fine, and the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed. The Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) granted certiorari

Issue. This case considers whether the freedom to publish anonymously extends to political speech.

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