Title

Washington’s Initiative 872 Effect on the Right to Free Association

Poster Number

14

Lead Author Major

Political Science and Economics

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Keith Smith

Faculty Mentor Department

Political Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

My research used the legal discussions about Washington’s Initiative 872 to examine the courts’ attitude towards the interaction of political parties and elections. In this case I specifically focus on the strength of the parties’ the right to free association. There is a plethora of legal precedent that strengthens this right for private organizations, allowing them to disavow individuals on the basis of anything from gender to sexual preference. However, the court demonstrated in this case that the strength of this right does not extend to parties, ruling that candidates were permitted to report any party as their preference, whether the party wished to be associated with them or not.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Start Date

25-4-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

25-4-2015 12:00 PM

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Washington’s Initiative 872 Effect on the Right to Free Association

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

My research used the legal discussions about Washington’s Initiative 872 to examine the courts’ attitude towards the interaction of political parties and elections. In this case I specifically focus on the strength of the parties’ the right to free association. There is a plethora of legal precedent that strengthens this right for private organizations, allowing them to disavow individuals on the basis of anything from gender to sexual preference. However, the court demonstrated in this case that the strength of this right does not extend to parties, ruling that candidates were permitted to report any party as their preference, whether the party wished to be associated with them or not.