Cameras still banned from Wisconsin polling places

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by David Ade

MADISON -- You couldn't take pictures inside the polling place before, and you still won't be able to.

The Government Accountability Board voted to keep cameras out of the polling place for upcoming primary election which is just about three weeks away.

"Do some pilot testing with a simple tape measure in some of these areas that are having problems. Let's see what some of these cameras are capable of viewing." said Rock County Clerk, Lori Stottler.

The GAB heard public opinion on whether cameras should be allowed in polling places, allowing election observers to get as close as three feet from the voter.

"Whenever you have a stranger taking a picture of you, you wonder what's going on there and why they're doing that." said Andrea Kaminski, director of the League of Women Voters Wisconsin.

Some fear cameras may simply mean fewer people will vote.

"For a new voter, I think it opens up that door for a much more intimidating environment." said Greg Jones from the Wisconsin NAACP.

The State Legislature could still step in and write a bill to allow cameras in the polling place, but would need a special session to get that done in time for this year's primary or general election.

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