Prof. David Ardia Guest-Blogging on “First Amendment Limits on State Laws Targeting Election Misinformation”
I’m delighted to report that Prof. David Ardia (UNC) will be guest-blogging this week about this new article, which he cowrote with Prof. Evan Ringel (also UNC). The abstract:
The last two presidential election cycles have brought increased attention to the extent of misinformation—and outright lies—peddled by political candidates, their surrogates, and others who seek to influence election outcomes. Given the ubiquity of this speech, especially online, one might assume that there are no laws against lying in politics. It turns out that the opposite is true. Although the federal government has largely stayed out of regulating the content of election-related speech, the states have been surprisingly active in passing laws that prohibit false statements associated with elections.
Prompted by concern about the impact of misinformation on the American electorate, we set out to assess the extent to which existing state and federal laws limit election misinfo
Article from Reason.com