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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Disappointed

What's wrong with Pennsylvania?

State officials banned journalists from polling places last year.  A Pittsburgh newspaper appealed.  The state supreme court went along with the ban.  The U.S. Supreme Court decided against hearing the case, so the Pennsylvania ruling stands.

You pay for those elections.  A free press is vital to a working, functioning democracy.  Bad things can happen when they're done out of public view.  What are state officials afraid of?

The state legislature can push through a bill allowing access.  I can't see that happening any time soon.

Other states, and even some foreign countries with less than friendly regimes allow cameras and journalists in polling places.

Pennsylvania is an embarrassment.