Election Day Bloggers' Legal Guide

Click here to post your election law question

I just received an announcement from Lauren Gelman of the Center for Internet & Society about an Election Day Bloggers' Legal Guide the Center is spearheading with the Center for Citizen Media:

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.

Student Fellows at Stanford University Law School's Center for Internet and Society will be answering those kinds of questions and more in coming days. Do you have one? Ask it here. We'll compile and publish a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and post it before the election.

Please note that some election laws vary from state to state. We ask you to tell us your state so we can answer the questions based on the laws of your state. We will also try to answer the question for other states as time permits.

This is a great opportunity to educate citizen journalists about the ins and outs of election law and the First Amendment. Very cool.

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