Clay Chastain is upset about a proposed charter change that would limit petition "circulators" in Kansas City, Mo. to Kansas City, Mo. residents.
"What does it matter who circulates an initiative when voters have to sign it and voters have to approve it?" he says in a news release.
Federal judge John Gibney recently agreed, striking down a Virginia law requiring petition circulators to live in Virginia.
Kansas City's charter already requires five city voters to submit initiative petitions. The charter change would limit circulation of petitions to residents as well.
The proposal does not appear to define what "circulation" of a petition entails, or how it would be enforced.
In May the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against a similar provision in Virginia law.
"By limiting the right to circulate petitions, Virginia's law infringes on the First Amendment right of political parties, petition circulators, candidates and Virginia voters," the group said when the lawsuit was filed.
Two weeks ago, a federal judge agreed. A residency requirement for candidate petitions, he said, violates the First Amendment.
"By imposing a state residency requirement on petition circulators, the Board [of Elections] deprives non-residents of a means to engage in core political speech and reduces the quantity of such speech available to its residents,” Gibney wrote.
It isn't known if the local chapter of the ACLU would consider a similar challenge if the Kansas City charter change is proposed, or enacted.