Petition to Arrest Bill Clinton for Breaking Election Rules Passes 100,000 Signatures
Former Secretary of State and current Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, under scrutiny by the FBI for possible violations of federal law, is not the only Clinton whose actions may have crossed the line between legal and illegal, as 107,600 people have signed a petition calling for the arrest of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Elections are governed by laws enacted by the individual states, which set out rules to protect the integrity and impartiality of the process and ensure voters are able to cast their ballot without pressure or influence.
Massachusetts creates a buffer zone around polling stations in Chapter 54, Section 65 of its general laws, entitled: “Campaigning within 150 feet of a polling station, or in any way interfering with the right to vote.”
While the law enumerates some prohibited actions, such as handing out campaign literature or bumper stickers, it also states that no one may “solicit a person's vote for or against a candidate,” which would seemingly cover the actions of the former president who appeared at several Massachusetts polling stations, not only breeching the 150 foot prohibition, but entering polling places, talking with voters, posing for photographs, as well as hugging and shaking hands with poll workers.
The petition was begun by irate Bernie Sanders supporters who call his actions “clear, knowing and egregious violations of campaign laws” and have video to back-up their claims, despite Clinton’s denial that he did anything impermissible.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, told reporters he was forced to remind election workers of the prohibition, “This is not a usual occurrence. You don’t usually get a president doing this… even a president can’t go inside and work a polling place.”
The petition notes that Bill Clinton is not a resident of Massachusetts so would have had no legitimate business at a polling station other than to promote the candidacy of his wife.
Arguably, the presence of the well-known and charismatic former president could easily have influenced voters.
Mrs. Clinton edged her sole competitor for the nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders by 17,068 votes.