The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 27, 2012

Right-to-know group opposes state poll-access limits

HARRISBURG — Right-to-know advocates are backing a newspaper in a federal lawsuit over the right of reporters and photographers to cover voters at polling places on Election Day.

In an e-mail Monday, the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition urged news organizations to lend their editorial support.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sued Allegheny County and state officials over a state law that says no one but people officially connected to the balloting may come within 10 feet of a polling place.

The newspaper says public interest in this year's election is heightened by the presidential election and the debate over Pennsylvania's new voter ID law. It also cites past news photos of Gov. Tom Corbett and other politicians casting ballots as examples of uneven enforcement.

The defendants are seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed.


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