Theodore's World: Michelle Obama Violated Illinois Law and Campaigned INSIDE Polling Place

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October 15, 2010

Michelle Obama Violated Illinois Law and Campaigned INSIDE Polling Place



First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law -- when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place!

The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.

After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.

She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos.

"She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going," Campbell said.

According to a pool reporter from the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES at the scene, the conversation took place INSIDE the voting center, not far from the booths.

Illinois state law -- Sec. 17-29 (a) -- states: "No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place [or] within 100 feet of any polling place."

A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT that Mrs. Obama -- a Harvard-educated lawyer -- may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.

"You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?" the official explained late Thursday. "I mean, she's pretty well liked and probably doesn't know what she's doing."


When questioned about the brazen nature of Mrs. Obama's campaigning, press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the action.

"I don't think it would be much to imagine, the First Lady might support her husband's agenda," Gibbs smiled.


Wild Thing's comment.........

Isn’t that why they keep political partisans a certain distance away? Except for black panther people of course, they are allowed to get in people’s faces. But otherwise, I thought the law was that campaigning had to stay a certain distance away.

“She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” Campbell said.

According to the pool reporter at the scene, the conversation took place IN the voting center not far from the booths

Posted by Wild Thing at October 15, 2010 05:49 AM


Hypocrisy run amok. Had this been Sarah Palin campaigning for some Republican she'd be in jail right not. This is a flagrant violation of the law. no candidates or campaign poster with in 100 feet of a polling place . This has been the law as long as I can remember. Amazing their arrogance and hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Posted by: Mark at October 15, 2010 07:48 AM

If this were a prominent Republican, it would be front page news in all the Newspapers, Top Story on Television Newscasts, and worthy of a Picture on the cover of the News Magazines.

What are the odds that this won't happen here?

Yeah I thought so.

One has to remind oneself when something like this happens, that the folks like Michelle consider themselves, "above the Law", and therefore it is permissable.

Bagdad Bob Gibb's only serves to confirm that point of view.

Posted by: Sean at October 15, 2010 11:14 AM

Wherever she goes within our urban America, she is accustomed to the fawning and adulation from others.

She is now fully conditioned to this environment and reacts to it without any regard or respect to where she is or any other authority.

She does not expect any place or anyone around her to tell her what she can or cannot do.

Her elitist lifestyle was fully demonstrated in her vacation trip to Southern Spain.

Like Hillary Clinton, you can only imagine how many other things she says, does and gets away with when the cameras are not on.

In their world, nobody is in the room until they arrive.

Posted by: Carlos at October 15, 2010 01:33 PM

In Philadelphia polling places she'd be protected by 'PANTHERS' eh?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at October 15, 2010 02:16 PM

What do you expect!! It is Chicago and it is an obama.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at October 15, 2010 03:06 PM

Classic dimwit and (ala Marie Antoinette) a case of do as i say, not as I do...

Posted by: jan at October 15, 2010 06:49 PM

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Posted by: Wild Thing at October 15, 2010 11:25 PM