A federal judge has struck down a Kentucky law that prohibits campaign activities within 300 feet of polling places.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman on Tuesday comes three weeks before voters go to the polls. The races include the hard-fought Senate campaign between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Bertelsman ruled in a lawsuit brought by a northern Kentucky man who in 2012 allowed campaign signs to be placed at his auto body business. The signs were removed by sheriff's deputies because they were within 300 feet of a polling place at a church. The man responded by suing the state.
The judge ruled that the state law violates the First and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. He issued a permanent injunction blocking the law's enforcement.
Months of bruising primary campaign activity comes to a close in the Volunteer State Thursday as voters go to the polls. Among the most closely watched races are efforts by U.S. Representatives Chuck Fleischmann and Diane Black to win re-election to their second terms in Congress.
Kentucky's secretary of state is one of a half-dozen from across the country going the Middle East to assist soldiers to vote. The Lexington Herald-Leader says the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Department of Defense asked Alison Lundergan Grimes to spend two weeks in September traveling in Afghanistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to meet with American uniformed soldiers.