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Oregon state fair removes canvassing restrictions at the last minute

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September 8, 2009

SALEM, Oregon: Last week Oregon State Fair officials decided to remove canvassing restrictions, imposed only days earlier, after being told that the restrictions could lead to "protests" and "legal actions." Previously imposed restrictions allowed canvassers to solicit signatures in a 20-foot-by-eight-foot area located near one of the main gates. Canvassers were not allowed to solicit signatures anywhere except the assigned area. Fair officials changed their minds on the issue after an altercation occurred on Tuesday evening that involved petitioners. According to reports, a lawyer representing the Oregon chapter of Americans for Prosperity told state fair officials that petitioners were prepared to ignore restrictions and would proceed to fight any arrests in court. Officials opted to revise the restrictions and allow canvassers to solicit signatures 20 feet away from state fair gates and ticket booths.[1]

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