For the voters: What do you think about people passing out election literature as you stand in line?
I think it's annoying - And then they ask you questions and will not walk away, and let you vote in peace.
In Arizona, we have the "75 foot rule". Nobody can legally electioneer within 75 feet of the door to the polling station. That seems to work out pretty well. I've been on both sides (voting and electioneering). Our rural county seldom sees lines longer than 75 feet, so it's not really intrusive, yet there are people who need to brush up on a candidate or issue before heading in to vote, and they can come talk to the people behind the 75 foot line IF they choose to.
Thank you for your comment Ghost32. I think it should be a 8,000 foot rule - stay home and stop bombarding me with the literature. Let me make my decision without you standing there asking me a bunch of questions and shoving a paper in my face.
They've been doing it since I started voting back in 1972. I don't think there is any way around it. As long as they're pro Obama I don't care.
A waste of time for everyone concerned. By the time people are standing in line to vote, it's a logical assumption that they have made up their minds. Today's politics make the habit offensive because the "poll watchers" also double as campaign shills who try to discourage supporters for the other side. As Renee said, leave me alone and let me vote in peace.
Thank you huckelbury, I was thinking the same thing. I also was looking at all of the signs posted, what a waste of paper and cardboard - the same sign back to back - seeing 8 signs of Big Bird is not going to make me like him anymore or less.
You mean you are ambivalent to poor, abused Big Bird? :-)
I don't have any problem with somebody passing election literature to me as I prepare to vote as long as no laws are broken. Where I live, state election law mandates that any campaign must stay at least 250 feet from the voting booth. As I live in a rural area, I don't have to worry about long lines at the polls as a rule. Consequently, nobody approaches me with campaign literature if I wait in line. To those who set up shop 250 feet from the booth, I will take their literature and listen to their pitch. Usually, my mind is already made up when I arrive at the precinct. But, if I am undecided, I will read, listen, and either agree with them or ignore them.
It may be annoying, but if it is legal, so be it. At least there is a line to a secret ballot. Back in the day, prior to 1850 or thereabouts, there was no line, you just raised your hand for the guy who gave you the most rum and punch. (no, I am not kidding, ;-) )
Actually, it was useful stuff for local issues, I might find it handy. They would have to be careful though, if they give me hyperbole, I will vote the opposite way.
That's why I voted early. I wanted to make sure I could vote unharrassed, unaffected by mother nature, and not inconvienced by voter suppression efforts from the GOP.
Who knows what road blocks and dirty tricks the GOP will play this time around. Might simply cause long lines or worse. Remember last time? Florida state troopers stationed in areas with large African-American populations trying to intimate voters?
Don't let anyone tell you that you can't vote. There are lawyers at all polling places that can help you if someone tries to suppress your vote. In many states you can register to vote at the polling place if you can't register before hand.
My elderly mom, bless her sole, was challenged last time in Florida. She yelled out "Voter Suppression!" because the official tried to tell her that she already voted via absentee ballot. She immediately got help from a poll watcher and even made the paper. Stand up to bullies, cheaters and crooks!
At this point it wouldn't even bother me... We have been so bombarded with political ads and phone surveys that nobody will probably even notice people handing stuff out...
I hear ya NotPC - thanks for your comment. It was funny to see all of the Board of Ed people who were running. I'm thinking where was your material before today - why wait until election week and the week before to tell me who you are. Oh well!
I think there are probably some laws against such activity. I know that is the case here in Texas. Candidates and their material are barred from being within a set distance of the voting facility. About the best they can do here is line the shoulders of the road leading to the polling area with signs. Once you are inside the voting facility, no one does anything except to process the voter. ~WB
It whould be illegal. NO ONE should be able to try to inflluence your vote within sight of a polling place.
Now I'm hearing of trained "poll watchers" who are supposed to "spot and report" anyone they suspect might be committing voter fraud. They are told wrong information about the state's voter ID law.
I cannot understand how any entity elected, or even appointed to uphold the voting process, could possibly condone or allow such blatant voter interference.
No one should be allowed to ask you any questions or try in any way to influence your vote.
I think they have the right to do so, but I don't see the point. By the time someone is waiting in line to cast his vote, he pretty much knows who he's voting for.
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