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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • County attorney investigates electioneering

  • The McPherson County Attorney is investigating cases of possible electioneering in Tuesday’s general election.
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  • The McPherson County Attorney is investigating cases of possible electioneering in Tuesday’s general election.
    Four pro-life voter’s guides, which County Clerk Cathy Schmidt said appeared to be printed from a website, were left in voting booths at Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lindsborg Safety Center.
    Electioneering defined by state statute includes wearing, exhibiting or distributing labels, signs, posters, stickers or other materials that clearly identify a candidate in the election or clearly indicate support or opposition to a question submitted election within any polling place on Election Day or at a advance voting site.
    It also prohibits this activity within 250 feet of a polling place during advance voting or on Election Day.
    Schmidt said she has handed over the pamphlets to McPherson County Attorney David Page along with a campaign note for writing in Brian Bina on the ballot, which was left in a poll booth during advance voting.
    Schmidt said the Bina note was immediately removed from the voting booth when it was discovered.
    Page said an electioneering case is a serious matter, but it is difficult to prove. He said he would have to prove criminal intent to influence voting.
    “My first thoughts would be that someone did not do this intentionally,” Page said. “Someone may have brought it into the voting booth to use it, or someone left it, and they didn’t realize they were committing a crime.”
    Page said his primary concern was to educate the public about the law.
    “People are zealous during elections,” he said. “That’s OK, but campaign material needs to be left outside the polling place.”
    An electioneering violation is a class C misdemeanor.
    Page said he has no suspects in these cases.
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