Election day is finally here, and after a heated race, things are no less fraught in the race’s final hours. People heading to the polls today may be in for some last minute campaigning at the polling place, but not from the Obama or Romney campaigns: from fellow voters. Though many states have laws banning “passive electioneering,” the rules don’t stop everyone from making themselves heard – or seen – on election day.
Whether it’s a campaign button, a slogan-ed t-shirt, or a bumper sticker on a car parked less than 100 feet from a polling place, small signs of rule breaking are commonplace at voting booths. In states with hours-long lines, political discussion is a natural soundtrack at the polls.
Is it unethical to advertise your political preferences at the voting booth? How far is too far when it comes to polling place promotion? Would “passive electioneering” sway your opinion on the day of the election? If you’ve voted already today, what kinds of things did you see and hear?
Corey Moore, KPCC reporter, reporting from the polling location at Longwood Manor Convalescent in mid-city Los Angeles
Dean Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk