* From a press release…
The Dillard-Tracy campaign is calling on Republican candidate Bruce Rauner to stop his paid “volunteers” from soliciting voters at polling places for a term-limits constitutional amendment, an issue Rauner has promoted during his campaign.
“This is unconscionable,” Dillard-Tracy Campaign Manager Glenn Hodas said. “Rauner’s bending the rules, yet again, by stationing paid workers at the doorways of polling places, supposedly to collect signatures for his term limits referendum, but in reality promoting his candidacy.”
Technically, Rauner’s workers aren’t considered to be “electioneering” because they are supposed to be collecting signatures for a referendum. “But this is a political committee Bruce is the Chairman of, and has contributed $250,000 to,” Hodas said. “These are not disinterested workers at the polls.”
Election law prevents campaigns from having staff or volunteers stand within 100 feet of the entrance of a polling place on the day of an election. Hodas said Rauner is skirting the legal prohibition.
“This looks like another slick move by Rauner to bend the rules to get what he wants, at the expense of the integrity of the process,” Hodas said.
They’re right that technically this is not against the law. As long as those petition passers aren’t pushing Rauner’s name at all, it’s legal.
And, in reality, perhaps the best way to get valid petition signatures from registered voters is to go to polling places on election day. So, while it’s distasteful to Dillard’s campaign, this is a smart move on Rauner’s part.