Write-in candidate's bracelet for voters survives a challenge
By Kathleen Gray
August 4, 2012
When voters get to their local precincts Tuesday, they'll probably get bombarded with candidate brochures, voting lists and pleas for support.
Those bracelets, however, violate campaign election law, claim the Michigan Democratic Party and Kerry Bentivolio -- her GOP opponent and the only Republican to appear on the ballot. Both filed complaints with the Michigan Secretary of State and the Wayne and Oakland County clerks to try to stop distribution of the bracelets.
"We want every single Cassis supporter to know that displaying campaign materials within 100 feet of the polling place is illegal," said Bob Dindoffer, Bentivolio's campaign spokesman.
But Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office, said the department sees handing out bracelets as no different than handing out slate cards to voters as they approach polling places.
"As long as the person wearing the bracelet isn't displaying a candidate's name in a polling place, then there is no problem," he said. "A person may keep the bracelet in his or her pocket or handbag, or they may turn the bracelet inside out so the name is on the inside of the link."