Hillary Clinton campaigned at an early voting location on Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a potential violation of electioneering laws.
Clinton was “mobbed” at the early voting location at Chavis Community Center, Reuters reporter Luciana Lopez tweeted today.
.@HillaryClinton getting mobbed at early voting at Chavis Community Center in Raleigh. pic.twitter.com/PgCLKVMhyk
— Luciana Lopez (@Luciana_F_Lopez) October 23, 2016
Campaign staffer Michael Gwin also posted a photo from her appearance, claiming “she decided to check it out for herself.”
.@HillaryClinton heard how easy + convenient NC's early voting is, so she decided to check it out for herself pic.twitter.com/L6IGpMl121
— Michael Gwin (@MichaelJGwin) October 23, 2016
But she wasn’t just there to “check it out.” She blatantly campaigned.
.@HillaryClinton rolls up to the Chavis Center in Raleigh, NC to greet early voters and actress @UzoAduba #ABC11 #Decision2016 pic.twitter.com/X1xK7ZPJU9
— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) October 23, 2016
North Carolina AIDS Action Network Executive Director Lee Storrow posted a photo, noting Clinton was “hanging at the polling site.”
.@HillaryClinton hanging at early voting site in Raleigh. She has a strong selfie game. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/7CXRFNzad8
— Lee Storrow (@leestorrow) October 23, 2016
Her appearance is potentially a violation of state and local election laws.
According to polling location regulations implemented by Wake County — the governmental unit that oversees electioneering laws:
N.C.G.S. §163-166.4(a) states, “No person or group of persons shall hinder access, harass others, distribute campaign literature, place political advertising, solicit votes, or otherwise engage in election-related activity in the voting place or in a buffer zone…”
The buffer zone will be 50 feet from the entrance to the polling place except where deemed by the Wake County Board of Elections to be necessarily closer, but no less than 25 feet from the entrance to the polling place. There will be publication of information regarding the entrance location and distance of the buffer zone no later than 30 days before the election.
It’s not clear whether Clinton was ever closer than 50 feet from the entrance to the location, but it is clear her intent was to influence voters outside the location.
In March, Bill Clinton ended up in hot water after he appeared outside a polling location during the primary to rally voters for Hillary.
A Massachusetts voter was fuming after she said her polling location was shut down to accommodate a visit by the former president.
Angela Grace posted cell phone video showing orange barrels and yellow police line tape at what she said was a New Bedford voting location.
“I haven’t seen one person be able to come in and be able to vote in here. Everything is blocked off. No person can park here.
“They are affecting the voting at this poll. It’s ridiculous. It’s fraud and illegal,” she declared while panning the camera across the scene showing the media and police milling about while dozens of observers are cordoned off.
“From one side of the street to the other, there’s no way anybody can get down here to vote.”
She laid the blame at the feet of the New Bedford mayor, Jon F. Mitchell.
“Mayor of New Bedford, MA campaigning for Hillary and blocking this voting poll!!! No one has come here to vote in the 2 hours I’ve been here by the door!!” she wrote in the video description.
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