Video shows Bill Clinton violating Massachusetts’s election law on Super Tuesday
Everybody knows the rules the rest of us are held to don’t apply to the Clintons, so don’t expect any consequences to Bill Clinton’s flouting of the election laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts yesterday. Eric Levenson and Adam Vaccarro of Boston.com report:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been “reminded” not to solicit votes near polling sites after President Bill Clinton ventured into a polling location in Boston on Tuesday, the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office said.
Massachusetts election rules forbid the solicitation of a vote for or against a candidate, party, or position within 150 feet of a polling place.
Alongside Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Clinton greeted election workers and voters on Tuesday at the Holy Name Parish School, a polling location in West Roxbury. The former president chatted up voters, kissed an old lady on the head, posed for photos, and bought a cup of coffee, MassLive reports.
Video evidence of the violation of law exists, via Sera Congi on Twitter:
A spokesman for the secretary of the commonwealth, responsible for elections:
…was asked if Clinton’s presence would, on its own, constitute a solicitation.
“He’s a well known person. And he’s a spouse of a candidate,” McNiff said. “That should answer the question.”
He declined to further elaborate.
But elections supervisor* Galvin of Boston:
… told The New York Times it was acceptable for Clinton to enter a polling place—so long as he did not solicit votes. He said he had to remind poll workers “that even a president can’t go inside and work a polling place.”
“He can go in, but he can’t approach voters,” Galvin said. “We just took the extra precaution of telling them because this is not a usual occurrence. You don’t usually get a president doing this.”
As with members of the New Black Panther Party standing with clubs outside a polling place, you can expect that the authorities will take no action.