“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
For a campaign that’s supposed to have the election in the bag, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sure aren’t acting very confident.
The media have said for months that the Democratic Party’s presidential ticket is a lock to win on Tuesday—probably in a landslide.
But Kamala Harris is so desperate to begin the “Harris administration together with Joe Biden” that some have accused her of breaking the law.
In the swing state of Ohio, some watchdogs said she may have literally stepped over the line.
Harris showed up in Cleveland to do a little campaigning—and made an unscheduled speech to voters as they were lined up at a polling place.
Harris gave a stump speech through a bullhorn to swing-state voters on the first day of early voting. Harris’ Twitter account even posted a short video clip of her speech outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
“Your vote is your voice, your voice is your vote,” Harris said according to local news outlet Cleveland.com. “There is so much at stake. Don’t let anyone ever take your power. The power of your voice is so important. You are going to make the difference.”
“You have the power. The power is with the people,” Harris said—words practically identical to what she says during campaign rallies.
Conservatives immediately questioned whether her actions broke election law.
“If Sen. Harris is within 100 feet of the polling place entrance, than she would be in violation of Ohio law that prohibits such electioneering,” said Tom Fitton on Twitter.
If Sen. Harris is within 100 feet of the polling place entrance, than she would be in violation of Ohio law that prohibits such electioneering. (Candidates also are not allowed to be within 10 feet of voters on line, fyi.) https://t.co/YimA4MFf32
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 25, 2020
“You can literally be arrested for campaigning at a polling station,” said actor James Woods as he shared the video.
State law forbids electioneering. Ohio Revised Code 3501.35 says, “During an election and the counting of the ballots, no person shall…engage in any kind of election campaigning within the area between the polling place and the small flags of the United States placed on the thoroughfares and walkways leading to the polling place, and if the line of electors waiting to vote extends beyond those small flags, within ten feet of any elector in that line.”
Harris’ campaign and other officials say the senator was standing outside those lines, so what she did is perfectly legal.
Kamala Harris shouted through a bullhorn, carrying her voice over the flags, into the 100-foot barrier, and directly to voters standing in line.
But the law also makes it illegal to “in any manner attempt to influence any elector in casting the elector’s vote.”
Politifact said Harris wasn’t campaigning at all: She just wanted to give “a pep talk about the importance of voting.”
But Harris admitted she came there to campaign.
In a TV interview outside the polling station, she said, “I’m here to talk to the voters in Ohio, and to listen to them. There’s no question that the path to victory runs through Ohio.”
So, Harris admitted she came to the Board of Elections to campaign for votes.
She went on to say that President Trump’s coronavirus policy was letting people die, and that she and Joe love “working people” while Donald Trump only cares about “how rich people are doing.”
Doesn’t that sound like an attempt to “influence” an “elector’s vote”? Doesn’t using a bullhorn let her voice reach way beyond the 10-foot legal barrier?
Social media want to censor you for even asking that question. A post that said Harris “may have broken laws” was “flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed,” according to the left-leaning Politifact, which brags about its “partnership with Facebook.”
Consider her questionable action another sign that the Biden-Harris ticket is way too jittery to be the shoo-in frontrunners we’re told they are.
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Even at the start of October, about one in every 10 “Biden voters” said he was considering voting for Donald Trump, a Pew poll found.
The phrase “can I change my vote” trended on Google this Tuesday after explosive charges that Joe Biden, “the Big Man,” got a share of his son Hunter Biden’s corrupt business deals with hostile nations like China.
Early voting—which is supposed to seal the election for Joe Biden—isn’t going Democrats’ way, either. More Republicans than Democrats have requested mail-in ballots or voted early in person in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
Even party affiliation isn’t everything. “In 2016, 9 percent of self-described Democrats in Michigan voted for Donald Trump, as did 8 percent in Florida and 7 percent in Wisconsin, according to the exit polls,” reported the newspaper Roll Call.
No wonder, according to Politico, Democrats are “sweating a Trump upset.”
And that pressure can push people to straddle the line of the law.
What shenanigans will Democrats pull on election day?
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”