Bloomberg Law
July 30, 2020, 10:10 PM

Justices Reinstate Idaho Initiative Limits Amid Covid Concerns

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

The U.S. Supreme Court nullified a lower court order loosening Idaho’s state ballot initiative requirements that were intended to ease the effects of coronavirus on the upcoming election.

The justices on Thursday reinstated Idaho’s deadline for gathering signatures for ballot measures, in the presumably 7-2 ruling. It also prohibited the group behind the initiative, Reclaim Idaho, from collecting the signatures electronically, as the lower court had required.

The ruling in the Idaho case keeps the state’s procedures in place while the litigation works its way through the courts. Similar challenges out of Oregon and Ohio are also pending before the ...

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