As we get ready to crank up our Election Night live blog, I wanted to quickly report some mild drama at my voting precinct, the Bethany Church on Cedar Springs Road, where I just cast my ballot. As I was in line, the election judge was on the phone with law enforcement asking them to come remove a Tea Party activist who’d set up shop outside waving his “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. Campaigning is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling location, and the election judge felt this was a violation. The Tea Party activist, however, reportedly was arguing that as long as he was in a public right of way (the sidewalk) and kept moving, he was legal. I didn’t stick around to find out what happened, but I did go over and try to talk to the guy before I left. He refused comment and asked me not to take his picture with my phone, but I did anyway. Sorry, Tea Party guy, you were on a public sidewalk, and you can’t have it both ways.
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