Did Chatty Michelle Break Voting Laws?

Conservative watchdog slams first lady's 'technical violation'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2010 9:11 AM CDT
Did Chatty Michelle Break Voting Laws?
Amanda Deisch, right, takes a photo as first lady Michelle Obama casts her ballot, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at an early voting location in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Michelle Obama may have violated Illinois election laws by seeking support for her husband’s agenda at a Chicago polling station, holds the Daily Caller. The first lady was talking with voters, and reportedly urged them to support said agenda—but state laws ban political discussion near polling places, the site notes. Sure, it may be a mere “technical violation,” acknowledges a conservative watchdog, somewhat gleefully. “But what are mere technical violations of voting laws to the Obama administration!”

“Even if her conversations didn’t constitute electioneering, they almost certainly violated the broader Sec. 17-29 ban on engaging in ‘any political discussion within any polling place,” an election lawyer told the site.
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