Mrs Obama violate Illinois state election laws

United States
October 16, 2010 12:45am CST
At a voting station in Illinois Mrs Obama told a voter how important it is to vote for her husband to keep his agenda going. Mrs Obama a former attorney of Illinois broke Illinois State Election laws you can read the details at the link below. Do you think Mrs Obama over stepped the law? Mrs Obama violate Illinois State Election laws. A top Illinois State Board of Elections official defended her actions, telling the Drudge Report that Mrs. Obama may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally. "You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?" the official explained. "I mean, she's pretty well liked and probably doesn't know what she's doing." http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-national/did-first-lady-violate-illinois-state-election-laws
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
16 Oct 10
Well, geez, let's have her arrested! What else is the First Lady supposed to say at a polling place? I'm SURE none of the other former presidents or first ladies ever did something similar. Let's get real here for a change.
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Oct 10
The law is the law.
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Oct 10
Sorry, that was supposed to be the start of my own response....lol. This is what happens when I post before my second coffee. I reported it and asked for it to be removed from your response.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
16 Oct 10
Since coffee...or the lack of...was involved, I can definitely understand.
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• United States
19 Oct 10
Whether Mrs Obama knew or didn't know the law, I bet she didn't care. I also bet she knew no one would do anything about it either.
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@mattic (282)
• United States
17 Oct 10
If this were an 80 year old grandma or an 18 year old voting for the first time, I could see the "ignorance" plea. However, polling places in my home state have explicit warnings against campaigning within the polling area. "Aunt Esther" (my pet name for Michelle) is an attorney. The news media constantly tells us of the "superior intellect" of the first couple. Does anyone really believe she didn't know exactly what she was doing, and that it was a violation of the law? The real story is that this is indicative of the arrogance and underhanded tactics she and Barry O helped foment as community organizers with ACORN. A former ACORN staffer blew the whistle on the organizations underhanded tactics for stealing elections. www.rottenacorn.com//activity/Map.html shows how rampant the organization's fraud is. Michelle was simply doing what a good ACORN devotee does.
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• United States
17 Oct 10
I didn't even read the whole article just your quote about "dropping the standard." That makes me very angry. But then I was pretty upset when Clinton lied under oath, an act we would have all gone to jail for committing! Public figures are not above the law, even if they are "pretty well liked." Ugh! That makes me mad that anyone even said that!
@k15682 (301)
• United States
17 Oct 10
What Mr. Campbell actually said was "She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going". While one can read into it the "vote for my husband" it was not said, or is not part of his quote.
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
16 Oct 10
I think the purpose of the law was to avoid the more subtle types of voter intimidation. That said she did violate the law as it is written. If they enforce this law against other people it should be enforced on her as well.
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
16 Oct 10
Geeze, how many states have that kind of law? I wonder how many times I committed the horrible crime if they have the same law in California. Not talk about the election at the polling place? I can see why having any booths or demonstrations for this or that cause or politician, but just saying a sentence or two and then leaving?
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Oct 10
The law is the law. Now, i don't see this as too big a deal, she certainly shouldn't be arrested for it, the police have far bigger fish to fry and already have more than enough work to do with out chasing down everyone who does this. But perhaps she should receive a simple citation for it. It is about perception and this is not going to be good for her as far as that goes. Have other first ladies done this? I don't know...I would like to hope not but I would also hope if they had, they too would have received a citation for it. As I said, the law is the law.
@anniepa (26629)
• United States
17 Oct 10
I would bet other First Ladies have done this and I don't they anything should be done to them anymore than I think something should be done to Michelle Obama. This is really nit-picking to the highest degree. Of course, anyone is going to talk about their spouse in a situation like that. From what I read, she said it was important to vote, she didn't tell anyone for whom to vote even if it was obviously implied. It certainly wasn't any kind of voter intimidation. Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Oct 10
I would think if Laura Bush had done this it would have been an endless headline on MSNBC. If it happened, it shouldn't be too hard to find. Is it nit-picking? Well....I wouldn't trivialize it that much..but it is not really a major arrest and jail case either. From what I understand though..she not only said it was important to vote, she said what was important to vote FOR. If this isn't the case, then there is no case. but if it is...then it is a symptom of a major problem.
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@pecito (304)
• Bulgaria
16 Oct 10
Choosing whom to vote for is a basic human right,and absolutely nobody,irrespective of his social and econimic position should tell us how to vote.
• Thailand
16 Oct 10
Anybody has a right to tell you how they think you should vote. It is up to you whether you listen to them.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
21 Oct 10
It must run in the family. Her husband, "doesn't know," what he's doing either.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
19 Oct 10
Technically, yes she did break the law. Are they going to do anything about it? No, they are not. It definitely goes to show that our laws don't always apply to everyone equally. If a regular person was within or near the poling place trying to tell people to vote for their candidate, you can bet the law would come down on them in some way. She gets away with it because she is the first lady. What I found extremely hypocritical though was the fact that the election official actually defended her actions saying she was probably ignorant of the law. Well, the first thing a judge will tell you is that ignorance of the law is no excuse and, uh, isn't she a lawyer??? Wouldn't you think that someone educated in law would know the law? Even I know it's against the law to campaign within a certain distance of a poling place. I've known it since I first started to vote. How could she possibly NOT know it? The problem is that the "ruling class" don't think that certain laws should apply to them. They think that they are above the law and they can selectively ignore them when they want. We need to change that way of thinking in our elected officials. They are not exempt. They do not have special privileges just because they managed to get elected to something. Is winning an election somehow some amazing feat that warrants some elite status? I don't think so. They shouldn't get any consideration just for that.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
17 Oct 10
The reason for that law is so that ppl voting don't get any pressure to vote any special way. As for her not knowing the law, if she holds a law degree from Harvard and doesn't know that law, she shouldn't hold the degree...she obviously didn't learn anything. I guess it says a lot about how well things are going for 0bama when his wife is out trying to drum up votes for him. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
16 Oct 10
Supposedly, ignorance of the law is no excuse. She should at least have been slapped on the wrist (metaphorically speaking).