Developing story, Michelle Obama, First Lady of America cast an early vote in her South Chicago District. After casting her ballot and returning her voter key, she apparently paused for photos to be taken of herself and engaged others voters in political discussion INSIDE the polling place, encouraging voters to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs defended Mrs. Obama saying, “I don’t think it would be much to imagine, the First Lady might support her husband’s agenda.”
Mrs. Obama, a Harvard educated lawyer, “may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it,” claimed top Illinois State Board of Elections official. The official added, “You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right? I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”
Illinois law Sec. 17-29 (a) states, “No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place [or] within 100 feet of any polling place.”
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on Mrs. Obama’s voting and includes, “‘She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,’ said Dennis Campbell, a 56-year-old electrician.”
Curiously, the Chicago Tribune, via the LA Times included in their coverage, “Obama abided by election laws that prohibit electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place,” with no reason given for the defensive sentence.