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Associated Press, Published August 07 2010

Media lawsuit over exit polling in MN dismissed

MINNEAPOLIS -- A lawsuit over exit polling in Minnesota has been formally dismissed after a new state statute took effect that allows exit pollsters to stand within 100 feet of a polling place.

In 2008, The Associated Press and other media outlets sued the state over a new law that would've kept pollsters far away from buildings where people were casting votes. The AP, ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News and NBC argued the law made it virtually impossible to conduct exit poll interviews with voters and violated First Amendment rights.

A preliminary injunction allowed normal exit polling in the 2008 election. The lawsuit was put on hold to give state lawmakers time to change the statute, which took affect Aug. 1.

Both sides agreed on the dismissal.