Just before I left for the polls this morning, my neighbor - if anything, a stauncher Republican than I - phoned. "Have you see those MoveOn people by [our polling station]? They're right across the street!" He was wondering how close they, a partisan 527 group, were allowed to be to the polls. I said I'd check it out.
I went to the polling station. A group of people - including a neighbor I recognized - were running a coffee and donut stand surrounded by MoveOn signs, on the corner directly across from the polling station. I stood at the entrance, and started pacing off the distance to the stand; 63 feet. The law says 100 feet.
I got in line - it took about 40 minutes to get to the front and vote. Then I told the poll watcher what was going on, and stood by as she called in to, presumably, her supervisor. She thanked me, and I left.
As I walked away, I thought "was I being too anal-retentive about this?"
Apparently, I was neither too anal. Nor was I alone; according to a co-worker, he heard on MPR and KSTP-TV that MoveOn stands had been caught too close to polling stations in other parts of the metro (although I've found no confirmation on the web yet...).
I'm willing to chalk it up to being an innocent mistake. So far.
UPDATES: Apparently MoveOn was doing the same thing all over the metro.
And the MoveOn donut stand by my polling place moved. About twenty feet east along the street. I suspect they were 100 feet and three inches from the building.Posted by Mitch at November 2, 2004 11:52 AM | TrackBack