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(Chattanooga Times Free Press)   Hey let's go early vote, and, I can pick up that MAGA hat at the same time   (timesfreepress.com) divider line
    More: Stupid, Elections, Voting, Election, Bradley County Democrats, Democracy, early voting location, Bradley County Election Commission, Christopher J. Hale  
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2020-10-01 12:48:36 PM  
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2020-10-01 2:18:32 PM  
The fact that the store and early voting location share the same address doesn't violate any election rules. State officials echoed county officials.

"We are unaware of any statute or rule that might have been violated. Early voting starts Oct. 14. To be clear, any campaign material will be removed before voting begins in the building," Secretary of State spokesperson Julia Bruck said in an email.


Seems like clear cut electioneering to me.  Which Tennessee's own laws prohibit.

Tennessee
The county election commission shall designate entrances to the building in which the election is to be held that are for the use of voters. The officer shall measure off one hundred feet (100') from the designated entrances and place boundary signs at that distance. Within the appropriate boundary as established in subsection (a), and the building in which the polling place is located, the display of campaign posters, signs or other campaign materials, distribution of campaign materials, and solicitation of votes for or against any person, political party, or position on a question are prohibited. No campaign posters, signs or other campaign literature may be displayed on or in any building in which a polling place is located. (Tenn. Code. Ann. § 2-7-111(a); (b)(1))
 
2020-10-01 3:55:11 PM  
"It's unimaginable to anyone with a brain and some common sense that on October 13 at 11:59 PM a store selling partisan campaign materials and draped in partisan flags can magically turn into a neutral and safe voting site nine hours later, particularly in the midst of a global [sic] pandemic," Hale said in the email.


I guess I have a better imagination than he does.

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2020-10-01 4:37:47 PM  
Oh I'm sure that every vote cast there will be counted. Yep.
 
2020-10-01 7:37:24 PM  
Meanwhile, you can't have a single blip of exposed partisan bling if you're election monitoring.

But hey you can still ~host~ a voting event INSIDE THE MOST PARTISAN LOCATION IMAGINABLE*.

what a farkin clown show

*let's not try to imagine worse. that's how you get ants.
 
2020-10-01 7:40:19 PM  

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2020-10-01 7:41:11 PM  
Right so when people go to find it on Google maps they see a Trump store and think twice.  Obvious ploy is obvious.
 
2020-10-01 7:46:53 PM  
FTFA: "It's unimaginable to anyone with a brain and some common sense that on October 13 at 11:59 PM a store selling partisan campaign materials and draped in partisan flags can magically turn into a neutral and safe voting site nine hours later, particularly in the midst of a global [sic] pandemic,"

Oh. Yeah I see the problem here.

Brains and common sense are about as uncommon in the GOP as decency and honesty.

This BS cannot stand.
 
2020-10-01 7:48:10 PM  
Well, there the Dems go again, closing polling places.
 
2020-10-01 7:48:24 PM  

Dumski: Oh I'm sure that every vote cast there will be counted. Yep.


Two or three times ..
 
2020-10-01 7:50:04 PM  
How the fark is that even legal?
 
2020-10-01 7:50:45 PM  
Remember all those Obama stores that got turned into polling places? No? Oh that's right, they didn't exist because he WASN'T A farkING CULT LEADER.
 
2020-10-01 7:51:54 PM  
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Also Republicans: Sportsball team mascots and sportsball team players can't be present at a stadium serving as an election location because, magically somehow, that would be electioneering. But this isn't. Because magic.
 
2020-10-01 7:52:01 PM  
Kinda surprised it's an actual structure and not a roadside tent like with seasonal fireworks and other assorted passing crap you'd see in flyspeck towns just off the highway.
 
2020-10-01 7:53:15 PM  
I love all the PMURT signs
 
2020-10-01 7:54:09 PM  

derpes_simplex: Right so when people go to find it on Google maps they see a Trump store and think twice.  Obvious ploy is obvious.


Thankfully google maps just shows it as a bank. Still shiatty though.
 
2020-10-01 7:54:18 PM  

Diogenes: No campaign posters, signs or other campaign literature may be displayed on or in any building in which a polling place is located. (Tenn. Code. Ann. § 2-7-111(a); (b)(1))


i'm sure it'll get lawyered (if it hasn't already), that most of the merchandise/memorabilia in the store doesn't/won't qualify as campaign posters, signs, or literature, and thus, not in violation of any state law or statute.
 
2020-10-01 7:54:26 PM  

neongoats: How the fark is that even legal?


FTFA: "We are unaware of any statute or rule that might have been violated. Early voting starts Oct. 14. To be clear, any campaign material will be removed before voting begins in the building," Secretary of State spokesperson Julia Bruck said in an email.

When you are the one enforcing the law, anything is legal when you choose not to. Power is important.
 
2020-10-01 7:54:51 PM  
We can go whitewater rafting afterwards!
 
2020-10-01 7:55:03 PM  
Seems it would be so easy to accidentally spill some gasoline, while smoking a cigarette, then tossing it. All accidentally, of course.
 
2020-10-01 7:55:34 PM  
I'd gladly go in there and vote Biden
 
2020-10-01 7:55:55 PM  
Oh sure, Starbucks currently looks like Fallujah but the Trump shop is letting its freak flag fly!

/jfc
 
2020-10-01 8:04:54 PM  
The Pubs don't seem to be too confident if they're resorting to pulling this kind of shiat in Tennessee.
 
2020-10-01 8:07:33 PM  

Diogenes: The fact that the store and early voting location share the same address doesn't violate any election rules. State officials echoed county officials.

"We are unaware of any statute or rule that might have been violated. Early voting starts Oct. 14. To be clear, any campaign material will be removed before voting begins in the building," Secretary of State spokesperson Julia Bruck said in an email.

Seems like clear cut electioneering to me.  Which Tennessee's own laws prohibit.

Tennessee
The county election commission shall designate entrances to the building in which the election is to be held that are for the use of voters. The officer shall measure off one hundred feet (100') from the designated entrances and place boundary signs at that distance. Within the appropriate boundary as established in subsection (a), and the building in which the polling place is located, the display of campaign posters, signs or other campaign materials, distribution of campaign materials, and solicitation of votes for or against any person, political party, or position on a question are prohibited. No campaign posters, signs or other campaign literature may be displayed on or in any building in which a polling place is located. (Tenn. Code. Ann. § 2-7-111(a); (b)(1))


The controlling factor appears to be the date. As long as all the MAGAT crap is gone by Election Day it's cool. This seems reasonable to me.

For example, if the middle school down the street we're my polling place (CA is all mail-in this year but I digress) I could walk over there and stand in the front door with my Joe Biden sign and my Joe Biden tshirt And hand out campaign literature all I want and it would be totes legal. That's provided I packed up and left by the first day of voting. Now the sight of a crazy and probably drunk grown-ass man handing stuff out to middle schoolers might attract a different sort of legal attention but that's another thread.
 
2020-10-01 8:07:38 PM  

gaspode: derpes_simplex: Right so when people go to find it on Google maps they see a Trump store and think twice.  Obvious ploy is obvious.

Thankfully google maps just shows it as a bank. Still shiatty though.


Oh well that's a tender mercy I suppose
 
2020-10-01 8:10:17 PM  

Subtonic: Kinda surprised it's an actual structure and not a roadside tent like with seasonal fireworks and other assorted passing crap you'd see in flyspeck towns just off the highway.


Well it's a trump supporter's operation. You weren't expecting them to actually pay any of their bills, were you?
 
2020-10-01 8:14:06 PM  

AxiomJackson: Remember all those Obama stores that got turned into polling places? No? Oh that's right, they didn't exist because he WASN'T A farkING CULT LEADER.


THIS. Its farking bizarre how the MAGAts drape themselves in cheap trump apparel and flags.
 
2020-10-01 8:15:25 PM  
Look for ceiling mirrors so they can see who you vote for. We are almost at that point.
 
2020-10-01 8:19:19 PM  
i hate republicans.
 
2020-10-01 8:23:45 PM  
I'm not going all the way to China to vote. Are you crazy?
 
2020-10-01 8:36:14 PM  

Subtonic: Kinda surprised it's an actual structure and not a roadside tent like with seasonal fireworks and other assorted passing crap you'd see in flyspeck towns just off the highway.


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We have them in my neighborhood... I screamed "FASCISTS" out my window and flipped a cat bird. It's totally not a cult :/
 
2020-10-01 8:38:52 PM  
South for 150 years: "We gonna rise again! Damn Yankees! New York City? Git a rope!"

Born and bred New Yorker in Trump: "All hail Trump! MAGA! Suck it libs!"
 
2020-10-01 8:42:46 PM  
I thought North Carolina's habit of using churches as polling locations was sketch.
 
2020-10-01 8:47:01 PM  
Fake Trump store.
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2020-10-01 8:55:39 PM  
Trump merch churned out by foreign sweatshop labor

/seems appropriate somehow
 
2020-10-01 9:31:26 PM  
So patriotic with all those defaced American flags.
 
2020-10-01 9:37:57 PM  

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That pic never gets old.
 
2020-10-01 9:52:58 PM  
You need an independent federal election commission.
 
2020-10-01 9:56:04 PM  

whatshisname: You need an independent federal election commission.


Nah, the US electoral system is farking broken from the ground up.  And they like it that way.
 
2020-10-01 10:58:56 PM  
Seems fine to me. If there is any remaining Trump campaign material at the location the moment it opens for early voting, then we have a problem and can kick up a fuss. Getting worked up in a lather before that time is just manufactured outrage.
 
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