10/24 UPDATE: Per The Colorado Observer’s Valerie Richardson:
DENVER–A Larimer County official busted up the polling-place pizza party Tuesday after a complaint filed by the Colorado Republican Party.
Democrats moved their Obama “2012″ banner and other signage after Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle told them that they were too close to the Colorado State University early-voting site.
State law bans political or campaign signs within 100 feet of polling places.
Doyle also informed them that they needed to stop offering free T-shirts and pizza to voters, another violation of Colorado law.
Democrats love to proclaim that there is no such thing as voter fraud and that monkey business at the polls never happens. In fact, CNN reported just yesterday that Clear Channel removed billboards highlighting penalties for voter fraud because advocacy groups claimed the billboards were an attempt to suppress the minority vote in Ohio and Wisconsin.
So, how awkward for Democrats, then, when claims of Democrats skirting polling center rules actually surface, and in swing state Colorado no less. From a Colorado Republican Party press release:
“Democrat operatives offered people free t-shirts and pizza in exchange for voting, posted signs paid for by the Democrat National Committee inside and within 100 feet of the polling location, displayed a large Obama for America banner just outside the polling place’s entrance, and deliberately covered up ‘paid for by’ disclaimers on materials they posted, violating both federal and state election laws.”
When the on-site election judge was notified that so-called operatives were in violation of the law, the judge allegedly told concerned citizens that the Democratic so-called operatives were in a “free-speech zone,” and that, “free speech trumps poll rules.”
According to the pictures of the various violations provided by the Colorado GOP, the banners in violation of polling rules (and, possibly, good taste) were paid for by the Democratic National Committee. The banners ask students to go to www.gottaregister.com, which has a disclaimer from the Obama for America committee.
In response, the Colorado Republican Party is filing an official letter of complaint with the Larimer County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, asking that the officials take “immediate steps to ensure that Colorado and federal election law is fully enforced by election judges within the county.”
Beyond the legal issues outlined above, the Obama campaign is asking for college students vote in exchange for just a piece of pizza and the right to draw on a their grandpa’s undershirt. CSU Rams do not appear to be getting their fair share from the Obama campaign. In 2008, the Obama campaign spent approximately $671 million to garner 69,456,897 votes. This translates to just under $10 per vote in campaign spending.
With over 50% unemployment among recent graduates, one would think the Obama campaign could spring for a more valuable activity to attract college kids. Rams, definitely hold out for your fair share. Maybe even a whole pizza?