Friday, October 15, 2010

In Chicago, Electioneering Mostly Okay in Democrat Precincts

Oh! Oh! Oh! and No! No! No!

 Somehow I find it odd that former lawyer Michelle Antoinette was chatting and visiting and instructing the voters to support her husband in her early-voting polling place today. Odd because surely she knows better; she is no newcomer to politics. While there aren't many Republicans over on the South Side to complain about electioneering, and some find even the so-called "Republican" judges to be a little suspicious, that doesn't free South Siders to ignore the law. While White House press secretary Robert Gibbs laughed the incident off, Michelle owes the people an apology for any illegal behavior that occurred.  Here's the law:

(10 ILCS 5/17‑29) (from Ch. 46, par. 17‑29)
Sec. 17‑29. (a) No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place, or, at the option of a church or private school, on any of the property of that church or private school that is a polling place; no person shall interrupt, hinder or oppose any voter while approaching within those areas for the purpose of voting. Judges of election shall enforce the provisions of this Section.

h/t to JP, for whom it matters.


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