Electioneering In East Orange

11/04/14

Q. What is “electioneering”?
A. It is any activity or display of materials that is intended to advocate, solicit or suggest support for a candidate, political party or public referendum. N.J.S.A. 19:34-15

Q. What if there is electioneering activity going on in the polling place?
A. The first line of defense is the district board which should immediately restrain any such activity. N.J.S.A. 19:6-15.

Q. What if there is no member of the district board to contact? What if no one at the polling place knows who is in charge of handling "electioneering"? What if none of the people at the polling place knows anything about "electioneering"?
A. (chirp-chirp-chirp...crickets)

NJSA 19:34-6. Prohibited actions in polling place on election day
a. If a person shall on election day tamper, deface or interfere with any polling booth or obstruct the entrance to any polling place, or obstruct or interfere with any voter, or loiter in or near the polling place, or, with the purpose to obstruct or interfere with any voter or to unduly delay other voters from voting, spend an inordinate amount of time in the polling booth, or do any electioneering within any polling place or within one hundred feet thereof, he shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.

NJSA 19:34-15. Electioneering within or about polling place; disorderly persons offense
If a person shall distribute or display any circular or printed matter or offer any suggestion or solicit any support for any candidate, party or public question within the polling place or room or within a distance of one hundred feet of the outside entrance to such polling place or room, he shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

To
info@essexclerk.com
To Christopher Durkin, county clerk - please forward

11/04/14 10:00AM - ongoing

There is electioneering going on just outside the entrance to the St. Paul's A.M.E. Church polling place at 21 Old Sanford Street in East Orange, NJ. I photographed three people passing out Line A literature and attempting to influence arriving voters to vote for their Line A candidates. I spoke to the people who were Electioneering and asked them if they knew how far away from the entrance they needed to be for that activity. They did not know and would not take my word for it, so they are still there and still electioneering in violation of NJSA 19:34-15. I reported the electioneering activity to the poll workers inside the polling place but none of them knew what to do about it, so nothing was done.

James Gerrish
East Orange, NJ

Note: This is NOT the first time I have encountered this in East Orange at this Polling Place. Last November I reported the same kind of thing happening on the mayoral election.

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