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Electioneering

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  • El. Bd. Op. 1978-07

    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.

  • El. Bd. Op. 1981-03

    An incumbent municipal clerk who is running for re-election should not be stationed at the polling place while ballots are being cast. This preserves the integrity of the election, removes the appearance of impropriety and eliminates the opportunity to violate the statutory prohibitions on electioneering. (Issued to Ms. Jesse McKinnon on June 18, 1981)

    This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on June 9, 2008.

  • El. Bd. Op. 2007-01

    The Elections Board finds that the solicitation of signatures, on a petition that is not related to the election at hand, without any attempt to influence that day’s vote of the voter solicited, is not, per se, “electioneering” within the meaning of §12.03, Stats., and, therefore, not a violation of that statute.

    This opinion was reviewed by the Government Accountability Board pursuant to 2007 Wisconsin Act 1 and was reaffirmed on June 9, 2008.

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