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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:58 PM

Waiting to vote? No cell phones! Seems to be a rule in Mequon

From the Journal Sentinel's allpolitics blog...

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/allpolitics.html
By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel
Updated: 11:21 a.m.

About half of the 100 or so people waiting to vote inside Donges Bay Elementary School in Mequon early Tuesday had their heads bent down looking at cell phones when a poll worker sheepishly walked along the queue, announcing that all cell phones had to be turned off.

Folks looked perplexed, but no one protested, and dutifully put phones away.

When they got to the very front of the line, they might have noticed a yellow sign announcing the ban on cell phone use.

UPDATE ---

State officials say the Mequon sign above might be overstating things a bit.

Reid Magney, spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said you can't talk on a cell phone, or use it to take pictures, while inside a polling place. But he clarified that it is permissible to text on or read from a cell phone while you wait in line.

"It's really about being disruptive," Magney said.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:02 PM

1. Sheep

 

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Response to HereSince1628 (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:12 PM

2. I think it is a good thing...nothing more madding than

standing next to someone talking on their cell phone and you have listen to the whole conversation...




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Response to movonne (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 01:57 PM

3. I agree that public cell-phone users can be madding. But I have no problem with those sending

 

text messages (unless they have to talk to themselves or an imaginary person while doing so). I also have no problem with someone asking public cell-phone users to please be considerate of others and not make cell phone calls or receive them. But if it is lawful for citizens to vote, and if it is lawful for citizens to have cell phones while waiting in lines outside of the voting area, then it is wrong for an officious person to tell others to turn they phones off when the law does not require them to do so. It is also wrong for people to act like sheep and obey turn-your-cell-phones-off orders without question. We lose our democracy when nobody questions authority.

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