NEWS9 August 2010

Court dismisses action over Minnesota exit poll laws

Legal North America

US— A legal challenge to exit polling restrictions in Minnesota has been formally dismissed after the right to conduct surveys of voters near polling places was signed into law.

A group of news organisations including the Associated Press, ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox and NBC went to court in 2008 to protest a ban on pollsters standing within 100 feet of polling stations in the state.

They secured an injunction the same year, meaning exit polls for the presidential vote could run as planned – and since that time Minnesota has amended its laws to allow exit polling to take place.

A judgement dismissing the legal action as moot was entered on 1 August.