Pittsburgh Paper Fights Election-Day Reporting Restrictions

Law360, New York (July 11, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT) -- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sued Pennsylvania's election regulators Wednesday in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of a provision in the state’s election code preventing journalists from observing polling places.

The newspaper contends that the statute — which prohibits all individuals who are not voting or assisting with the election from being within 10 feet of a polling place — infringes its First Amendment rights to observe and report on the election.

“The Post-Gazette recognizes the compelling state interest in maintaining secrecy in voting and the prevention of...
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