- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal judge in Covington will hear a challenge to Kentucky’s law banning campaign signs within 300 feet of a polling place.

U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman set the hearing for Oct. 13 - three weeks before the state holds a U.S. Senate election and multiple local offices appear on ballots before voters.

Businessman John Russell of Cold Spring sued the state over the law, saying it violates his First Amendment rights. Russell sought to put up signs backing candidates at his business, Campbell Auto Body, but had been told to remove them.

The state’s law creates a buffer zone from the door of the polling place and is designed to prevent interference with the voting process.

Russell is seeking a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute.

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