Saturday, October 28, 2006

Volokh on blogging Election Day

Words to the wise, here. Bloggers who imagine themselves to be proto-journalists may go snooping around the polls next week looking for fresh meat.
Caution is in order, say the lawyers. Some stories are not fair game.

Election Day Bloggers' Legal Guide:
Lauren Gelman of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School passes along
this item:

Lots of bloggers are planning to cover the 2006 general elections on November 7. But what are the legal issues that you need to understand?

Such as: Can you be in the voting area except to vote? (Not in Delaware) Can you ask people how they voted? (Not within 50 ft of polling place in Rhode Island). Can you take photos? (In CA it is illegal to photograph, videotape or otherwise record a voter entering or leaving a polling place). And so on.

More at the links.

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