The dictionary defines electioneering as "a politician or political campaigner taking part actively and energetically in the activities of an election campaign." And New York State law states that "while the polls are open no person shall do any electioneering within the polling place." Does a politician's mere presence constitute electioneering? The police officer watching the whole scene apparently didn't think so, and I'm no lawyer. But electioneering is also not allowed "within one hundred feet therefrom in any public street, or within such distance in any place in a public manner." That is, "no banner, poster or placard on behalf of... any candidate... shall be allowed... within one hundred feet therefrom during the election." Certainly parking your rockstar-sized campaign bus emblazoned with your name directly across the street, within the 100-feet boundary, is a blatant violation of the law?
The young man handing out Republican leaflets—I could tell because they were RED—outside the polling place also seemed directly in violation of the anti-electioneering law. Except I couldn't nail him because he scurried away every time he saw me, presumably because he could tell by my eyes, glaring at him from behind (lefty-signifying) thick-rimmed glasses, that I wasn't sympathetic.
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