Pennsylvania seeks dismissal of Post-Gazette lawsuit over access to voting sites

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The state will move for the dismissal of a lawsuit the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette filed in federal court that seeks to overturn a law restricting access to polling places.

At a status conference on the case held Thursday, attorneys representing Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele said they think the case can be tossed out without any evidentiary hearing, according to docket notes filed today by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

She scheduled a hearing on the motion to dismiss for August 17.

The Post-Gazette sued the state and Allegheny County last week, arguing that a law that in effect bars photographers from having access to polling places violates the newspaper's First Amendment right to gather news.

The Post-Gazette also claimed that the ban on photography isn't consistently enforced across the state.

The newspaper has said that it views coverage of polling place management as particularly crucial in the upcoming general election, which will be the first under the new law requiring that voters bring identification.

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Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542.


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