April 27, 2011 21 Comments
Last week, Melina Kennedy’s campaign sent out an email discussing her pre-primary campaign events. We did not pay much attention to it since it was sent on Good Friday and, while we are political junkies, we spent the day focusing on other things.
Last night, we took a closer look at the email and noticed there was a picture of Melina Kennedy voting early in the Clerk’s office. What we found more interesting, however, was a campaign staffer standing behind her in line to vote wearing a Kennedy campaign sticker. The staffer appears to be Jon Mills, Kennedy’s Communications Director.
For those of you not familiar with state election laws, you are not permitted to express “support or opposition to any candidate or political party or expressing approval or disapproval of any public question in any manner that could reasonably be expected to convey that support or opposition to another individual” while in a voting location. It is called electioneering.
The Indiana Code goes through the specific locations including the poll, the chute or “within an area in the office of the circuit court clerk or a satellite office of the circuit court clerk established under IC 3-11-10-26.3 used by an absentee voter board to permit an individual to cast an absentee ballot.” Pretty clear that this applies to the voting location in the County Clerk’s office.
Guess County Clerk Beth White didn’t feel like enforcing the rules since she endorsed Kennedy last year.