Hillary Clinton campaigned at an early voting location on Sunday in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a potential violation of electioneering laws.
Clinton was “mobbed” at the early voting location at Chavis Community Center, Reuters reporter Luciana Lopez tweeted today.
— Luciana Lopez (@Luciana_F_Lopez) October 23, 2016
Campaign staffer Michael Gwin also posted a photo from her appearance, claiming “she decided to check it out for herself.”
— Michael Gwin (@MichaelJGwin) October 23, 2016
But she wasn’t just there to “check it out.” She blatantly campaigned.
— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) October 23, 2016
North Carolina AIDS Action Network Executive Director Lee Storrow posted a photo, noting Clinton was “hanging at the polling site.”
— Lee Storrow (@leestorrow) October 23, 2016
Her appearance is potentially a violation of state and local election laws.
According to polling location regulations implemented by Wake County — the governmental unit that oversees electioneering laws:
N.C.G.S. §163-166.4(a) states, “No person or group of persons shall hinder access, harass others, distribute campaign literature, place political advertising, solicit votes, or otherwise engage in election-related activity in the voting place or in a buffer zone…”
The buffer zone will be 50 feet from the entrance to the polling place except where deemed by the Wake County Board of Elections to be necessarily closer, but no less than 25 feet from the entrance to the polling place. There will be publication of information regarding the entrance location and distance of the buffer zone no later than 30 days before the election.
It’s not clear whether Clinton was ever closer than 50 feet from the entrance to the location, but it is clear her intent was to influence voters outside the location.