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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Is it a technical violation of the law under an incredibly strict reading? Maybe.
    Is it anything close to a violation of the spirit of the law? Nope.
    When has tlaw mattered in Chicago elections?

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Only one person out of the group said she said that when inside the polling place. Once she was outside the building and the required distance anyways she could say what she wanted.
    You have proof she was outside and the proper distance?

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Is it a technical violation of the law under an incredibly strict reading? Maybe.
    I have a question for you. Would she was encouraging the general public go to out and vote early and not telling them who to vote for be a strict reading of the law? That is the only way I can see her possibly getting in trouble for it.

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    You have proof she was outside and the proper distance?
    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."

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    I have a question for you. Would she was encouraging the general public go to out and vote early and not telling them who to vote for be a strict reading of the law? That is the only way I can see her possibly getting in trouble for it.
    I don't know the law, but either way I doubt it really constituted a violation.
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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    First off LA Times is a more reliable source than the Newser. Secondly, the article only got information from a conservative watchdog group, no kidding the are going to say she broke the law. Thirdly, 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.

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Soccer's doing a good job, but I figured I'd throw in a clip of my own:

    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
    Emphasis mine.

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    When has tlaw mattered in Chicago elections?
    Oh, about the last time the truth mattered to the freakishly partisan hacks around here who bought the first interpretation they could find that the First Lady did a bad thing.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Chicagoland: First lady campaigned at polling place?

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    First off LA Times is a more reliable source than the Newser. Secondly, the article only got information from a conservative watchdog group, no kidding the are going to say she broke the law. Thirdly, First Lady's Voting Day Stirs Controversy | Foxnews.com
    LA Times are liberal rag that would never speak against Obama?

    By saying to vote initiated political speech.

    Don't worry it is Chicago. Daley will make sure nothing happens to her highness the first Lady.

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