For Immediate Release
Contact: Alissa Vander Veen
(719) 520-7322; (719) 351-9626
ELECTIONEERING RESTRICTIONS AT POLL PLACES
Friday, October 19, 2012 – Colorado Springs, CO – “100 Foot Limit” signs already are in place at the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Offices. The signs warn the public that electioneering is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place, early voting location, or mail-in ballot location.
What is considered “electioneering”? Campaigning for or against a candidate or ballot issue or question, including discussion of these items. Non-verbal activity is prohibited – such as wearing hats, buttons, T-shirts, etc. that advertise candidates or ballot issues. Soliciting signatures for petitions or ballot issues also falls under the “electioneering” definition.
The Clerk & Recorder’s Office displays “100 Foot Limit” signs to ensure customers, the public and the media are well aware of this law. At the Citizens Service Center, there are signs both inside and outside the building. People visiting any Clerk & Recorder’s Office, not just the Election Department, must adhere to the regulations on electioneering as the “100 foot limit” extends to primary corridors where voters walk to an interior polling place, as well as the room itself and exterior door of the building.
The majority of ballots were mailed on October 15 and each of the Clerk’s branch offices has drop-off ballot boxes; no electioneering will be allowed. When Early Voting takes place, beginning on Monday, October 22 – November 2, the electioneering law will be in effect at those locations as well: Citizens Service Center, the Southeast Clerk & Recorder’s Office, the Citadel Mall and Chapel Hills Mall. On Election Day, at every polling location, the 100 foot limit regulation will be enforced.
For information on the General Election, visit the Election Department’s website at http://car.elpasoco.com/election.