Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Six news groups sue Ohio elections chief

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Six national news organizations filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking additional access at the polls on Election Day.

ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, NBC and The Associated Press sued Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell over a policy that would prevent exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place.
The organizations have formed a consortium to collect exit-polling data.

The news organizations said the prohibition hinders their ability to gather information about the political process and violates constitutional guarantees of free speech. They contend exit-poll reporters were allowed access within 100 feet of polls in the March primary.

Blackwell's spokesman Carlo LoParo cited increased media interest in the November election.
Anticipating a crush of voters and media Tuesday, Blackwell told county boards of election to enforce a state law barring anyone except voters, election officials, challengers and witnesses from inside the 100-foot limit, LoParo said.

Source: The News & Observer


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