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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sues top election officials.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the newspaper has sued top election officials from Pennsylvania and Allegheny County, saying its ability to fully cover the upcoming general election is compromised by a bar on photography and video recording in polling places. The lawsuit states that in 2008, the newspaper filed suit in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, resulting in a court order allowing photography around, but not inside, polling places. This year, in light of first-time implementation of voter identification laws, the Post-Gazette asked the county for permission to photograph and videotape "on a limited basis" at polls. The county, according to the lawsuit, refused. The Post-Gazette argued in its complaint that the bar on photo and video coverage of polling places violates its First Amendment right to gather news and represents disparate treatment, because media in other parts of the state have been allowed to take images within polls.

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Title Annotation:LEGAL BRIEFS
Publication:Editor & Publisher
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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