DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES TO PICKET MALLS, HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE
Raleigh, North Carolina – October 17, 2008 – Members of both parties will join together in rare bipartisan pickets of two malls that are key early voting sites in Wake County. The chairs of both parties will address the crowds and answer questions from the press. Neither mall will allow voter education or greeting of voters by any candidates or parties.
WHO: Doris Weaver, Chair of the Wake County Democratic Party,
David Robinson, Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party,
and citizens for informed voting.
WHAT: Picketing and protest rally.
WHEN AND WHERE: The Party Chairs will address the picketers at 10:30 at Cary Towne Center and at 11:30 at Triangle Towne Center on Saturday, October 18.
WHY: Voters who go to two of Wake County’s primary early voting sites will be denied the opportunity to get last-minute advice and information from all parties and candidates. The Board of Elections leased space for voting at Cary Towne Center Mall and Triangle Towne Center Mall. Neither mall will allow any voter education or greeting of voters by any candidates or parties.
Weaver, Chair of the Wake County Democratic Party, said in an email to local Democratic Party leaders earlier this week, “We are asking that you contact mall management and ask that both the Democratic and Republican Parties (yes, we are presenting a united front) be allowed to each have a table with our candidate information on it and a person there to answer questions to ensure voters have all the necessary information before they vote. We are depending on you because our efforts and the Obama campaign efforts to work with the two malls have failed.”
The lease agreement signed by the Board of Elections with the mall management does require prior written approval for many activities, including many that are needed for electioneering. The assumption was that the malls would allow legal and nondisruptive electioneering, as is the case at all other polling sites. John Gilbert, Chairman of the Wake County Board of Elections, said on October 15th, “Frankly, this slipped by me, Michelle Lewis, and David Robinson. I don’t recall discussing this at the [Board of Elections] meeting and certainly it wasn’t discussed at any great length.” Lewis is the Executive Director of the Wake County Democratic Party.
Doris Weaver, Chair of the Wake County Democratic Party
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