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   Justices reject polling place access case

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6/3/2013 1:00 pm

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Tal Kopan

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Entered 6/3/2013, Updated 6/3/2013

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case that limited the ability of the press to cover elections from polling places. In January, a federal appeals court ruled that a Pennsylvania state law requiring all persons aside from select officials, voters and those giving assistance to voters to stay 10 feet away from polling places during voting. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had sued, saying the First Amendment protected the press’s right to enter polling places. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that because voting is traditionally a secret activity, polling places are not considered public forums.


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