Registrar reminds citizens of Election Day rulesPublished 11:27am Friday, November 2, 2012
BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
FRANKLIN—If you’re still campaigning for your candidate or ballot issue come Tuesday, Nov. 6, the number to keep in mind that day is 40.
Whether you’re a campaign worker or candidate, you must stay at least 40 feet from any entrance to where a poll is located on Election Day in Virginia.
Franklin Registrar Jennifer Maynard shared other Virginia State Board of Election guidelines for campaigners and candidates stationed outside the polling place.
- There’s no limit to the number of campaigners allowed outside the polling place.
- You cannot hinder or delay a person from entering or exiting a polling place.
- Loudspeakers can’t be used within 300 feet of any polling place
- Campaign material, including sample ballots, must be distributed outside the polling place, must contain a statement showing who paid for or authorized the printing
- Campaign posters or signs can’t be posted inside the prohibited area or polling place.
- Samples of any ballot can’t be printed on white or yellow paper and must contain the words “Sample Ballot.”
Authorized representatives inside the polling place:
- Must be a qualified Virginia voter
- Must show to the chief officer of election a “letter of authorization” signed by the independent or primary candidate or party chair entitled to representation if list of reps are not previously provided. A copy of the signed letter of authorization is acceptable.
- No campaigning is permitted by anyone inside the polling place without electoral board exception.
- Cannot hinder or delay any officer of election or voter.
- Can’t site at the check-in table with an officer of election.
- May create and mark their own list of voters.
- Cannot help any voter.
- Officers of election have the authority to remove any rep who does not follow these guidelines.