Speaking up on public issues can be dangerous.
For instance, let’s say that the legislature was considering a bill to cancel college football for the 2021 season because of COVID. Most of us wouldn’t like that. We would probably want to call our public officials and tell them to vote no. So let’s say that you find your elected official’s work address, post it on your Facebook page, and tell folks from your neighborhood to go there and tell your representative to vote no. Everyone in your neighborhood shows up and your representative is so overwhelmed by his constituents that he can’t get any work done until he’s given an answer on whether we’re gonna have football or not. (This is probably the only thing that could get Alabama and Auburn fans in the same room rooting for the same thing.) He finally votes no, the bill dies, and you begin to celebrate as you look forward to another season.
We commend the Alabama legislature for attempting to stop the abusive act of doxing. We hope that these suggestions can help avoid constitutional problems and accomplish the legislature’s purpose even better.