The U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld the ability of states to restrict electioneering near polling places. Ruling in Burson v. Freeman, the high court upheld a Tennessee law that prohibits vote solicitation and the distribution of campaign materials within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place.

Justice Harry A. Blackmun -- joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Justice Byron R. White, and Justice Anthony Kennedy -- said the law is a content-based restriction on political speech in a public forum, speech that ordinarily would be protected by the Constitution's First and 14th amendments.

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