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Groups declare victory

Three Virginia-based free speech groups have filed for dismissal of their federal court challenge to the Virginia Board of Elections’ ban on wearing political messages in polling places.

In a joint press release, The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, The Rutherford Institute and the ACLU of Virginia said a law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tim Kaine in response to complaints about the policy makes the lawsuit moot.

ACLU Executive Director Kent Willis noted one problem. The law doesn’t take effect until July 1, and the Democratic primary is next week.He said the groups are urging local election officials to do the right thing and not attempt to enforce the discredited policy.

Alan Cooper

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