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It's Election Time Again: CMLP Announces Updated Guide to Newsgathering at the Polls

It's Election Time Again: CMLP Announces Updated Guide to Newsgathering at the Polls

From the Citizen Media Law Project blog:

Voters head to the polls again on November 3 to cast their ballots in mayoral, city council, and even a handful of gubernatorial elections. In addition, there are some important ballot measures up for consideration, like the referendum in Maine seeking repeal of the state's newly enacted statute legalizing same-sex marriage. Sure, it's an off-year for Congress and it doesn't have the historic dimensions of the last election, but there are still plenty of reasons for ordinary voters and journalists alike to document the day and gather news at the polls, including to root out fraud and other problems in election procedures.

To help out, the Citizen Media Law Project has updated its legal guide pages on laws regulating recording activities in and around polling places on Election Day. Our specific focus is on the laws that impact voters' ability to document their own voting experiences through video and still photography, as well as their ability to carry out other newsgathering functions, such as interviewing other voters outside of polling places.

The Documenting Your Vote page gives some general guidelines and practical tips on how to stay out of legal trouble when engaging in newsgathering activities on Election Day. It features a short video we created last year as part of PBS and YouTube's Video Your Vote project...


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