Electioneering occuring in Indiana??? UPDATE
by TxDem08, Tue May 06, 2008 at 11:29:03 AM EDT
I came across this story a little while ago, and the video. It shows a person, we don't know if she is a volunteer or a poll worker for Obama, but she is standing at a table INSIDE the voting place across from the registration table with a sign that says, "Trouble Voting?""Talk to me.", and then "Obama for America" at the bottom of the sign.
Reports are also being bandied about that she is actively talking to people, and she can be witnessed talking to people in the video.
According to the story, she won't identify herself (which to me means she is not a poll worker or election judge-b/c she would have an indentification badge/credential) and that she is directing those asking her questions to call the campaign.
This is purported to be happening across the state, and in North Carolina also from a different post here.
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign stated that they had heard of numerous reports of Obama volunteers electioneering in Indiana. The reports have mainly come from a large group of watchers the campaign deployed across the state - specifically reports of signs in polling places in South Bend and a precinct in Evansville where the Inspector is allegedly instructing people how to vote. They were also following the EJ report in Marion County. The campaign may issue a statement soon.
A spokesman for the Obama campaign stated that they had "briefed all volunteers on the guidelines and will continue to do so."
Update [2008-5-6 16:31:37 by TxDem08]: The Obama campaign has removed the watcher and the sign from the polling place, and apologized to the election staff. However, there are continued reports of this occuring throughout Indiana. Also, the Marion County Clerk has gotten involved and had this to say: http://www.electionjournal.org/?p=237
I am aware of what happened in the polling location and we informed the precinct Election Inspector that this was prohibited activity and must not continue.