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US District Court upholds Kansas electioneering law State of Kansas flag

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he's pleased a federal judge has upheld the state's electioneering law.

Kansas for Change and residents from Douglas, Johnson and Sedgwick counties challenged the law, saying their First Amendment speech rights were violated by state law telling people they can't interact with voters within 250 feet of polling places. Judge Holly Teeter disagreed, saying all 50 states have electioneering restrictions in place to halt voter intimidation or election fraud. She also says those limits are justified in the interest of protecting the right to vote and preserving election integrity.

In Kansas law, electioneering is defined as wearing, displaying or passing out any election materials -- including buttons, labels, signs and posters -- that identify a candidate or support or opposition to a ballot question.

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