In the past several elections, reporters and photographers have fallen just short of being threatened by poll workers if they took photographs or tried to interview voters while in the polling room. Some were welcomed, some were asked to go outside the polling place.
Tuesday’s election apparently had a different tone at least for the most part. KPA didn’t receive any requests from its members to contact the Secretary of State’s office with complaints of how reporters and photographers were treated.
We invited editors to give us any details of experiences in and around the polling place. And here are the only four responses we received:
From Zirconia Alleyne, Kentucky New Era
Funny thing, this happened to me today.
The poll worker shut me down after 2 or 3 shots, even after I explained I knew I could take line shots. We’ve done it every Election Day.
I had the elections coordinator at the county clerks office on speed dial, and she explained that I could take photos, but they were super particular about the angles. No one could be identified in the photos due to privacy reasons, even if they were just standing in the line.
At that point, the people in line were apprehensive too, so I thanked the poll worker for working the polls and headed out.
From Kelley Warnick, Gallatin County News
No problems here.
From Alan Gibson, Clinton County News
If you’re standing in line to vote, do something! That’s what Alan Gibson of the Clinton County News did while waiting to sign in. Alan reports he just stepped out of line and took a picture. Then used it on his front page Wednesday.