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South Dakota settles lawsuit, agrees to allow exit polling

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Broadcasting and Cable reports that South Dakota's attorney general has settled a suit filed by a coalition of national news…

Broadcasting and Cable reports that South Dakota’s attorney general has settled a suit filed by a coalition of national news organizations by permanently enjoining the state from enforcing a law that prevents exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place.

The Associated Press, along with CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC and CBS had argued in the lawsuit that such polling within 100 feet of South Dakota voting locations has been conducted during previous elections.

But according to AP, state Secretary of State Chris Nelson sent out an April 2 e-mail warning that violations of the law “will be dealt with by all legal means including prosecution.

South Dakota’s primary election takes place June 3.