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Ky. county clerks still working out logistics of federal ruling on campaigning

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky law banning campaigning outside polling places has been struck down by a federal judge. The ruling must now be implemented by state and county election officials, who say they are still trying to figure out how to proceed.

The decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by a Northern Kentucky businessman who was forced to remove campaign signs from his property due to his proximity to a polling place.

The judge ruled that the law--which prohibits campaigning within 300 feet of a polling place--is unconstitutional. In her decision, she wrote that the law violated the first and 14th amendments.

The decision opens the door to last minute campaigning just beyond the ballot box. From holding signs, to passing out fliers, and talking to voters, it will all be legal.

"To some people, it won't matter at all, and to some people it will be the end of the world," said Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw.

Holsclaw said they haven't figured out the logistics yet, but they will be meeting with the county attorney to decide how to proceed.

"We really haven't had a chance to look at the ruling. But we will, and we'll abide by what they tell us," she said. But Holsclaw also said she wants to protect the voting process. "I don't want to see our voters who are trying to get into vote being harassed in any way. I don't think there should be electioneering at that point in time. At that point it should be over."

But for many voters, no amount of fliers, campaign signs, or last minute pitches can change their mind.

"I usually don't pay any attention to them, I just go and vote and get it over with," said voter Steve Christian. "I already have my mind made up who I'm going to vote for."

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State's office, the State Board of Elections, and the Office of the Attorney General say they are meeting to discuss how to proceed.

A spokesperson for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says Grimes is committed to ensuring the integrity of Kentucky elections.

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