Ninth Circuit Hears Case on Alaska’s Ban on Out-of-State Circulators

On June 2, the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Raymond v Fenumiai, 13-35090, over Alaska’s ban on out-of-state petition circulators. The U.S. District Court had said the plaintiff, who wants to work on Alaska initiatives but who doesn’t live in Alaska, doesn’t have standing. The Ninth Circuit panel will probably remand the case back to U.S. District Court and allow the complaint to be amended. That will delay the case, but ultimately it is very likely to win, because in 2008 the Ninth Circuit invalidated Arizona’s ban on out-of-state circulators, and Alaska is also in the Ninth Circuit.

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