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El. Bd. Op. 1978-07

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Scope of prohibition on electioneering at or near polling place on election day. Campaign signs placed on public property within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place on election day are unlawful. Violative signs may be removed from public property. The mere presence of a candidate at or within 100 feet of the polling place is not prohibited, provided that the candidate does not engage in electioneering. Car-top carriers and campaign buttons bearing campaign messages at or within 100 feet of the polling place are prohibited. One who engages in electioneering should not be thereby disenfranchised. §12.03, Stats. (Issued to Richarod J. Steffens, June 22, 1978)

This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was revised to reflect statutory changes to the distance from the polling place electioneering is prohibited and made the prohibition inapplicable on private property. 1993 Wisconsin Act 173; §12.03, Stats. The opinion below was reaffirmed by the Government Accountability Board on June 9, 2008 and fully incorporates the revisions directed by the G.A.B.