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Associated Press , Published October 31 2012

Judge blocks ND Election Day campaign ban

BISMARCK — A federal judge says the state of North Dakota can't enforce its law that bans Election Day campaigning.

Judge Daniel Hovland on Wednesday granted a request for a preliminary injunction against the law. His order says the campaigning ban violates free speech rights, and state and local prosecutors can't go after anyone who breaks it.

Former North Dakota Republican state chairman Gary Emineth sued to challenge the law.

Emineth and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem say the Legislature will be asked to repeal the law next year.

It says no one can do any campaigning on Election Day. Because of it, candidates haven't run Election Day ads, and they've taken down their yard signs the night before the vote.

Violators have to pay a $500 fine.

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