Michelle Obama: In Chicago campaign swing, Michelle Obama casts ballot - latimes.com
Obama abided by election laws that prohibit electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.
She did pose for pictures and told one voter: "Make sure you get everybody out there voting. This one counts, as much as the other one."
First Lady's Voting Day Stirs Controversy | Foxnews.com
Rather, the elections official said, Obama told the group how important it is to vote early and vote in general, a perfectly appropriate suggestion at a polling place. Campbell's characterization of the conversation may simply have included his political position, that he voted "to keep her husband's agenda going," but not that the first lady had specifically encouraged Campbell to support Obama-friendly candidates.
Even if one of the other voters had mentioned their support for President Obama and the first lady agreed, she would still not be in violation of election statutes because she would not, in that case, have initiated the political conversation.
Soccer's doing a good job, but I figured I'd throw in a clip of my own:
Emphasis mine.The question arose after the first lady, who voted early at her Chicago precinct Thursday, responded to voters who voiced support for her husband. It’s unlawful in the state to have a “political discussion” or engage in “electioneering” within 100 feet of a polling place.
A pool report by Chicago Sun-Times reporter Abdon Pallasch said Obama had a photo taken with electrician Dennis Campbell, 56 years old. It quoted Campbell as saying, “She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going.”
Pallasch told Washington Wire that the voters came up to Obama after they had cast their own ballots, and that they initiated conversation with her.
Election-law specialists said those circumstances mean Obama is off the hook.
Michelle Obama and Illinois Election Law - Washington Wire - WSJ
Ah, the Wall Street Journal, that bastion of liberal brain-rot.
It's always hilarious to see the hyper-partisan jokes around here flinging their own poo at the people they hate so blindly.
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