Fundamental Election Rights: Association, Voting, and Candidacy

dc.contributor.authorAhrens, Gary A.
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-15T15:17:16Z
dc.date.available2011-09-15T15:17:16Z
dc.date.issued1980
dc.descriptionCo-author: Assistant Professor Nancy Hauserman, College of Business Adminstration, University of Iowaen_US
dc.description.abstractThis article analyzes election rights in a republican form of government. At the time of the article, the right to vote, the right of free speech, and the right to petition government had all been recognized as fundamental rights; however, the Court had not yet clearly classified the right to be a candidate as fundamental. If a right is classified as a fundamental right, the courts employ a “strict scrutiny” standard of review to any state statute that infringes upon that right. The article points out that while the right to vote, the right of free speech, the right to petition government, and the right to associate for political purposes have all been identified as components of election rights, the courts have not identified the right that is the “prime principle” of election rights in a republican form of government. The article asserts that because the right of association is the value upon which all of the other rights depend, the right of association is the correct choice as the prime principle of election rights. The article urges the Court to recognize the Constitutional principle that a government cannot exist as a democratic republic unless it protects the individual’s right to freely associate and disassociate in electoral politics is a Constitutional principle; therefore, because the right to be a candidate is intertwined with the right to vote, the right of free speech, and the right to petition government, the article argues that the right to be a candidate should be included as a fundamental right.
dc.identifier.citation14 Val. U.L. Rev. 465en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10601/1552
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherValparaiso University Law Review
dc.relation.urihttp://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/valur14&id=473&collection=journals&index=journals/valur
dc.subjectVoting
dc.subjectElection
dc.subjectConstitution
dc.subjectCandidacy
dc.subjectFundamental rights
dc.subjectPolitics
dc.subjectFirst Amendment
dc.subjectSupreme Court
dc.titleFundamental Election Rights: Association, Voting, and Candidacyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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