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CHICAGOLAND: FIRST LADY CAMPAIGNED INSIDE POLLING PLACE? (Drudge Report)
Drudge Report ^ | 10/13/2010 | Matt Drudge

Posted on 10/14/2010 2:01:09 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

Edited on 10/14/2010 3:03:12 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

FIRST LADY CAMPAIGNED INSIDE POLLING PLACE
Thu Oct 14 2010 16:19:25 ET

First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated
Illinois law -- when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place!

The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the
Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.
After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.

She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos.

"She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going," Campbell said.

According to the pool reporter at the scene, the conversation took place IN the voting center not far from the booths.

Illinois state law -- Sec. 17-29 (a) -- states: "No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place."

A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT how Mrs. Obama may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.
"You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?" the official explained late Thursday. "I mean, she's prety well liked and probably doesn't know what she's doing."

WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS ELECTIONEERING
When questioned about the brazen nature of Mrs. Obama's campaigning, press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the action.

"I don't think it would be much to imagine, the First Lady might support her husband's agenda," Gibbs smiled.

Developing...


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1 posted on 10/14/2010 2:01:13 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Wow. Despicable.


2 posted on 10/14/2010 2:02:30 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: proud American in Canada

is this big?


3 posted on 10/14/2010 2:03:55 PM PDT by MNDude (Ask the Native American's how their "Open Borders" policy worked out for them.)
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To: proud American in Canada

So what is the penalty for this?


4 posted on 10/14/2010 2:03:59 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Last I checked this is against the law!!!


5 posted on 10/14/2010 2:04:07 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: proud American in Canada

Isn’t it against the law to do electioneering inside a polling place? Isn’t that why they keep political partisans a certain distance away? Except for black panther dudes of course, they are allowed to get in people’s faces. But otherwise, I thought the law was that campaigning had to stay a certain distance away.

Maybe Michelle is an exception to the law, along with those black panther dudes.


6 posted on 10/14/2010 2:04:45 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The boob belt made her do it.


7 posted on 10/14/2010 2:04:51 PM PDT by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

8 posted on 10/14/2010 2:05:00 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: MNDude

Um yes, but it won’t be to the leftist or Obama and his admin.


9 posted on 10/14/2010 2:05:26 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Isn’t that illegal? What’s wrong with these people?


10 posted on 10/14/2010 2:05:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: proud American in Canada

Let’s see if she gets treated like Laura Bush would have been treated if she DARED to do such a thing.


11 posted on 10/14/2010 2:05:41 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This is small potatoes—sheesh, her husband isn’t even eligible to be Prez and he’s gotten away with that.


12 posted on 10/14/2010 2:06:04 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Halls

Law? Chicago? Depends on who the law is, don’t it.


13 posted on 10/14/2010 2:06:46 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Fear God and Government - especially when one tries to become the other!)
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To: trisham
What’s wrong with these people?

One word..."Chicago".

14 posted on 10/14/2010 2:07:10 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: RummyChick

And here I thought this woman had held a JD at one point, and that her ‘husband’ had taught a class about voting rights.

What if SHE DOESN’T KNOW the illegality she’s committed? Let alone the impropriety.


15 posted on 10/14/2010 2:07:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: beaversmom

First lady Dredd. “I am the law”


16 posted on 10/14/2010 2:07:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Halls

It seems to me that this will be a big “to do” about nothing. They aren’t voting today in Chicago are they? And, I believe the stipulation is that candidates are the only ones prohibited from campaigning within a certain distance from the polls.


17 posted on 10/14/2010 2:07:43 PM PDT by Carl from Marietta
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I believe this practice is permitted when one is a member of certain organizations, among them the Black Pampers and the Black Pimpers.
Most likely in her case the latter.


18 posted on 10/14/2010 2:08:08 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( A window seat, a jug of elderberry wine, and thou.)
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To: mrmeyer

She wishes she was that small.
One jump suit in petite please.
Sorry, only Obama size available.


19 posted on 10/14/2010 2:08:08 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: RummyChick
So what is the penalty for this?

Another vacation in Spain.

20 posted on 10/14/2010 2:08:11 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: proud American in Canada

Cue for Maxwell Smart music:

DUMB DE DUMB DUMB!


21 posted on 10/14/2010 2:08:17 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

I guess, but even so, it’s a shocking abuse of power.


22 posted on 10/14/2010 2:08:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mrmeyer

http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/state-law-documenting-your-vote#Illinois


23 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:01 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Any Black Panthers escorting her to the voting booth?


24 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:06 PM PDT by goldi (')
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To: Carl from Marietta

Not sure about this...What good politician/wife doesn’t press the flesh at the polls?


25 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:22 PM PDT by Dansong
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

NOT TRUE

Clutching a blue folder, Obama presented her credentials to election officials before being led to the polling station. Asked if she was familiar with touch-screen voting, Obama nodded and then spent about 6 minutes casting her ballot. 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.”

Obama abided by election laws that prohibit electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.


26 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:37 PM PDT by i88schwartz
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

As far as I’m aware, this is illegal. Hell, you can’t even place campaign signs within a certain distance from any polling place. I’m sure it doesn’t matter in Michelle’s case, though.


27 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:37 PM PDT by FarRightFanatic (It wasn't an election. It was a socialist coup.)
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To: Carl from Marietta

This is what I was thinking.


28 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:42 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (The liberal mantra: Never enough.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Reuters Pictures

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with a fellow voter at Early Voting Polling Place in Chicago, October 14, 2010. A Reuters-Ipsos poll shows American voters are unhappy about high unemployment and are set to oust President Barack Obama's Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Nov. 2 elections.

AP Photo

First lady Michelle Obama hugs a voter after casting her ballot at an early voting location in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Mrs. Obama began a cross country campaign tour yesterday in her hometown, to rally support for Democratic candidates across the nation.

Reuters Pictures

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) hugs fellow voter Anna Roberts after casting her ballot at an early voting polling place in Chicago, October 14, 2010. A Reuters-Ipsos poll shows American voters are unhappy about high unemployment and are set to oust President Barack Obama's Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Nov. 2 elections.

29 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:49 PM PDT by maggief
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
1) this is Chicago
2) she is a democRAT
3) she is black
4) she is too big to fail
5) she is protected by the state run media
6) If you challenge her on the law, you are a racist

nothing to see here...just move along /sarc

30 posted on 10/14/2010 2:09:52 PM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Dansong
What good politician/wife doesn’t press the flesh at the polls?

A law abiding one?

31 posted on 10/14/2010 2:11:08 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years)
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To: Carl from Marietta

Early voting.

She voted today.

So, yes, they are voting today


32 posted on 10/14/2010 2:12:56 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: maggief

This is illegal and the first wookie should be prosecuted.


33 posted on 10/14/2010 2:13:13 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cripplecreek

"L'État, c'est moi"

34 posted on 10/14/2010 2:13:59 PM PDT by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So how do you find the article? I kept clicking and all I saw was a picture........


35 posted on 10/14/2010 2:14:13 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: Halls

Laws are for bitter clingers, not the elites like FLOTUS Michelle ‘Antoinette” Obama.

We had a person in the inner city literally run over a poll worker after he would not immediatley give her the poll results in this springs primary election in which a relative of hers was running. She was not charged because of who she was and where she lived. In my suburban county, it would not have mattered who you were, you would have been led away in handcuffs.

Equal enforcement of the election laws only applies to minorities, just ask the folks who were intimidated in Philly by the New Black Panthers. Obama, Holder and their ilk are flaunting the law and thumbing their nose at the public. Remember this in November!


36 posted on 10/14/2010 2:14:45 PM PDT by milwguy
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Isn’t it against the law to do electioneering inside a polling place?

Yes, it is. I believe every state has a law against it. I'm not sure if there is a federal law.

Isn’t that why they keep political partisans a certain distance away?

Yes. In Illinois, this is the law:

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/ilstatutes/10/5/17/17-29

Sec. 17‑29. (a) No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place, or, at the option of a church or private school, on any of the property of that church or private school that is a polling place; no person shall interrupt, hinder or oppose any voter while approaching within those areas for the purpose of voting.

Give me a few minutes, and I'll see if I can find if it's a criminal offense.

37 posted on 10/14/2010 2:14:45 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: GeronL; All

First lady Michelle Obama may have violated Illinois law today — when she engaged in political discussion while casting an early ballot in Chicago!

Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the South Side to vote and, afterward, to chat with fellow voters.

“She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” said Dennis Campbell, 56.

Illinois state law — Sec. 17-29 (a) — says “No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place, within 100 feet of any polling place.”


38 posted on 10/14/2010 2:14:45 PM PDT by keep your powder dry (With your pike upon your shoulder, at the rising of the moon!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1010/flotus_to_cast_ballot_in_chicago.html

While back in her home state of Illinois, Michelle Obama set aside some time to vote. Speaking at a fundraiser in the Windy City on Wednesday, she urged others to do the same.

“Early voting has already started here in Illinois,” she said. “In fact, I am going to be voting myself tomorrow.”

And the first lady did indeed cast an early ballot just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning at the MLK Community Center on Chicago’s South Side, according to a White House pool report.

“I think that’s you,” election Judge Dorothy Yarbrough told Obama at check-in.

“You think?” she answered with a smile.

And after a short tutorial on how to use the electronic voting machine, the first lady completed her ballot in six minutes.

Her husband, meanwhile, won’t make it to the polls in person; President Barack Obama will vote by absentee ballot.


39 posted on 10/14/2010 2:15:36 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Hot Tabasco
It was up, now it's down, but I saved the URL.

http://www.drudgereport.com/flash2.htm

40 posted on 10/14/2010 2:15:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“It ain’t your America anymore.
We decide if you vote … or live, b$tch cracker.”


41 posted on 10/14/2010 2:15:52 PM PDT by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: keep your powder dry

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/10/14/first-lady-encourages-early-voting-casts-her-ballot

She posed for pictures with some other voters, including electrician Dennis Campbell, who later said, “She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going.”

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/10/14/first-lady-encourages-early-voting-casts-her-ballot#ixzz12My9hh1p

Does this rise to the level of campaigning and was it done within 100 feet?


42 posted on 10/14/2010 2:16:35 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Old Grumpy
“Let’s see if she gets treated like Laura Bush would have been treated if she DARED to do such a thing.”

That is always such a great mental exercise. Think of things that Obama’s people do, and then imagine if the Bush folks had done the same thing.
It would be a media firestorm if Laura Bush had done it.

43 posted on 10/14/2010 2:17:21 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (You know it's bad for them when Obama's #1 enemy is the Chamber of Commerce)
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To: justlurking

Here is Hillary Clinton doing it in 2008.

http://backdoorview.blogspot.com/2008/11/footage-of-sitting-senator-casually.html


44 posted on 10/14/2010 2:17:44 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: lormand

very funny. LOL


45 posted on 10/14/2010 2:17:49 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: RummyChick

Gibbs response
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/10/14/white_house_not_surprising_that_michelle_would_push_husbands_agenda.html


46 posted on 10/14/2010 2:18:27 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: maggief

This 3rd picture has got to warrant its own posting and *ping* to the “What Not To Wear” list....no?


47 posted on 10/14/2010 2:19:34 PM PDT by Momto2 (The two essential premises of all atheism: 1-God does not exist. 2-I hate Him.)
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To: proud American in Canada

yes, she is...


48 posted on 10/14/2010 2:21:33 PM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Michelle needs to be arrested and have her mobilphone confiscated and searched.
49 posted on 10/14/2010 2:22:09 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If Obama was the answer---that must have been one stupid question!)
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To: RummyChick

Hey, GIBBS, you idiot, it was in a POLLING PLACE which is against the law (which proves you have no respect for the law either)!


50 posted on 10/14/2010 2:22:36 PM PDT by kcvl
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