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December 19, 1985

A state law banning exit polling within 300 feet of a voting place is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled in Tacoma, Wash., in a challenge of the law that was brought by two newspapers and the major television networks. U.S. District Judge Jack Tanner ruled the law actually was aimed at preventing postelection projections of voting results. The state had contended the law was an effort to maintain order at voting places.

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