Should citizens be allowed to take photos inside voting polls in Arizona once the votes are cast?

State law says yes, as long as there aren’t any close-ups “of the Edge totals screens or tape or the Insight tapes” – whatever that means.

But the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has refused to allow citizens anywhere near the polls, according to a lawsuit filed last week.

The suit was filed by a group of Arizona politicians and activists, but it won’t be addressed in time for tomorrow’s primary election.

According to the Phoenix New Times, citizens were forced to remain behind a glass wall where one on the plaintiffs was yelled at for attempting to observe through binoculars.

Black Box Voting’s Jim March, one of the plaintiffs’ investigators, contested this, saying that a temp staffer from the 2008 election told him that the county had software for a cellular modem on at least one of the county’s 2008 laptops.

Referring to access to the computer room, March complained that he cannot properly observe what’s going on in the room through its window. He said that he was once yelled at for attempting to use a pair of binoculars to watch what was going on inside.

(Connor told me March would be allowed to use binoculars this time around. Score one for the Libertarians.)

Check out the lawsuit here. And here is the state law. Read page 42 of the PDF (page 41 on the printed page) where the state law addresses the issue of public observation of the polls.