Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action files legal brief appealing canvassing restrictions in Englewood

Ohio Citizen Action today asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision that upheld an ordinance in the City of Englewood, Ohio, banning all door-to-door canvassing after 6 p.m. In its legal brief, the organization states:

Although it is sometimes forgotten in an era of pervasive electronic communication, the First Amendment, at its core, is about talking to people face-to-face. The Supreme Court has long made clear that in-person, door-to-door canvassing lies at the very heart of constitutional protections of free expression. Writing for the Court in Martin v. City of Struthers, Justice Black remarked on the “major importance” of door-to-door communication, and noted that it is “essential to the poorly financed causes of little people.” 319 U.S. at 145-46 (emphasis supplied). Indeed, the Court has recognized “that the preservation of a free society” is “dependent” on the right of individuals to receive information in their homes through door-to-door canvassing.

…Citizen Action is as familiar with the importance of door-to-door advocacy as any group in the country, for it has staked its very existence on the efficacy of this traditional method of communication for over thirty years.

Attorneys Edward Icove, Daniel Kobil, Stephen Felson, Robert Newman, and Ellis Jacobs represent Ohio Citizen Action in this case.

— Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action