In the first day of early voting with the line stretching blocks outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Democratic vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris stopped by to thank early voters.
Harris, who made several campaign stops around Northeast Ohio on Saturday before a scheduled voter mobilization speech later in the afternoon, made an unexpected trip to the downtown office, the only early voting site that serves the 1.2 million people in the county.
“Thank you for voting and voting early,” Harris said to the crowd, most of whom cheered. “Your vote is your voice, your voice is your vote. There is so much at stake. Don’t let anyone ever take your power. The power of your voice is so important. You are going to make the difference.”
“You are going to make the decision about your future, about your family’s future,” Harris continued. “It is through the voice of your vote. And you have the power — the power is with the people. And you know that. That’s why you’re standing in this line today, and I just came to say thank you. Thank you, Cleveland.”
— 🇺🇸🤔🇺🇸 MSTRISH KAG (@mspdcali) October 25, 2020
There is one problem Electioneering is prohibited in every state in America.
Now did she broke the rules?
Every state has a law creating campaign-free buffer zones outside of polling places — laws the Supreme Court has long upheld.
CAN PEOPLE CAMPAIGN IN OR AROUND THE POLLING PLACE?
Campaigning is not allowed inside a polling place. Campaigning may be permitted outside the polling place –at a certain distance from the polls. Some states prohibit campaigning within 200 feet of the entrance a polling place (Alaska); others permit campaigning up to 30 feet from the entrance (Alabama).
In Ohio campaigning, displaying campaign material, or distributing food inside of the neutral zone of a polling location is prohibited. Nothing in Ohio’s election laws prohibit a person or entity from campaigning, displaying campaign material, or distributing food outside of the neutral zone of a polling location (i.e., outside of the flags marking the 100-foot barrier or beyond 10 feet from any Precinct.
Each polling location and its surrounding area is a neutral zone. Campaigning is part of the political process, but it is prohibited in each polling location and within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling location or within 10 feet of voters waiting in line, if the line extends past the 100-foot boundary. Voters must be free to vote without pressure from candidates, campaigns, precinct election officials, or fellow voters – even if those fellow voters are friends or family.
Ohio’s voting rules don’t mention anything if politicians using microphones, wondering if the microphone changes things?
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