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Fed judge wants arguments about media polls access

11:19 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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PITTSBURGH - A federal judge in Pittsburgh has rejected a settlement between a newspaper and Allegheny County officials that would have let the media enter polling places to observe and photograph how voters are made to sign in, but not the actual voting process.

Instead, U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer scheduled arguments on the lawsuit Monday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sued in July, claiming a state law keeping anyone other than voters and elections officials at least 10 feet away from polling places was illegal as enforced.

The newspaper sued for access because this is the first election in which voters may have to show photo IDs under a new law currently being appealed in Commonwealth Court.

Attorneys for the newspaper and the county's election board had agreed to the proposed settlement, but state officials had not.

The Associated Press

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