Lots of bloggers are planning to cover the 2006 general elections on November 7. But what are the legal issues that you need to understand?
Such as: Can you be in the voting area except to vote? (Not in Delaware) Can you ask people how they voted? (Not within 50 ft of polling place in Rhode Island). Can you take photos? (In CA it is illegal to photograph, videotape or otherwise record a voter entering or leaving a polling place). And so on.
Student Fellows at Stanford University Law School's Center for Internet and Society will be answering those kinds of questions and more in coming days. Do you have one? Ask it here. We'll compile and publish a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and post it before the election.
This promises to be a valuable resource on the order of EFF's Legal Guide for Bloggers (which has an Election Law section as well), and the CIS/Creative Commons/Berkman Center Podcasting Legal Guide. But only if folks contribute interesting, topical, and citizen media-oriented scenarios. (In California, is it ok to poll voters on how often they've been fondled by and/or smoked stogies with the incumbent governor? That sort of thing.)