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Video: Obama Activity in Indiana Polling Place

May 6, 2008

Is this legal? Anyone familiar with Indiana state laws on politicking in polling places?
*See update below
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Is This Legal? Obama Campaign Activity in Polling Place – Election Journal

We entered the Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Washington Township at approximately 10:15 AM and noticed an Obama volunteer had set-up directly across from the voter check-in table. We noticed that she was actively speaking to voters. The sign on the table stated “Trouble Voting? Talk to me.” and “Obama for America.” She wouldn’t identify herself and directed us to call the campaign for information. We contacted the County Clerk’s Office and they stated they would contact the Polling Inspector to investigate.

H/T Election Geek


Indiana Code 3-14-3-16
Sec. 16. (a) As used in this section, “electioneering” includes expressing support or opposition to any candidate or political party or expressing approval or disapproval of any public question in any manner that could reasonably be expected to convey that support or opposition to another individual.

(b) A person who knowingly does any electioneering:
(1) on election day within:
(A) the polls; or
(B) the chute;

…. in the presence of a voter whom the person knows possesses an absentee ballot provided to the voter in accordance with Indiana law;
commits a Class A misdemeanor.

The Obama campaign confirms this happened and has apologized.

“A volunteer and credentialed watcher made a mistake and took a sign into the polling booth that was meant for the appropriate place outside of the polling place,” said spox Bill Burton. “The sign has been taken down, and we apologized to the election workers for the mistake.”

Heh Likely story.

Marion County Clerk, Beth White, spoke with Election Journal about this controversial video. She said,

I am aware of what happened in the polling location and we informed the precinct Election Inspector that this was prohibited activity and must not continue.

What about the Obama campaign? Are Obama’s people above the law? Pitiful.

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  1. May 6, 2008 3:41 pm

    Hmmm… usually states have laws stating that campaign materials and staff have to be X number of feet away from the polls andthey can’t obstruct the polling place.

    I’m not sure what the issue is… but it sure sounds overzealous – doesn’t it…

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  2. May 6, 2008 3:51 pm

    Wasn’t there some flak about Chelsea being at a Connecticut polling place before it even opened. The state law in Connecticut (from what I’ve read) is 75 feet away.

    Then there was the other Chelsea debacle when she supposedly wore a Hillary pin inside a polling place.

    They are set up inside the polling place surely that can not be legal.

  3. May 6, 2008 4:13 pm

    Have updated post.

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