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Electioneering in Eugene?

At about 1:30 pm this afternoon, a Eugene Weekly staffer spotted this pro-Trump truck across the street from the Lane County Elections office at 10th and Lincoln downtown.

The sheriff on duty at the office tells EW that the owner of the truck was there for about 10 minutes and was voting inside the election office. The sheriff told EW that the owner of the truck was told he had to move his vehicle and was warned not to do it again.

This seem pretty close to electioneering, which is illegal, according to Oregon law ORS 260.695(2);Restrictions on Electioneering at State or Local Government Buildings Designated for Ballot Deposit.

The law states that:

 “Electioneering” includes the display, distribution or circulation of any political material or verbal statements supporting or opposing a candidate or ballot measure on any election, even an election other than the one being conducted. It also includes exit polling and the gathering of signatures on any election-related petition.

The electioneering ban does not apply to the wearing of political buttons or other insignia (t-shirts, caps, etc.), which relate to the election in a polling place in a county clerk’s office, as a means of personal expression. Electioneering actions beyond this are not allowed.

So, electioneering is not allowed within “100 feet measured radially from any entrance to the building, during any time that the elections building is open to the public.”

But what about cars with political bumper stickers parked within that 100-foot radius? Oregon law only goes as far as to say it’s OK for county election employees and officials:

“In most cases, employees who work in a building that is periodically issuing ballots for an election (which can happen often for extended periods of time up to four times a year) should be able to continue to park their vehicle in their assigned spots even though they are located within 100 feet of the building and even though the vehicle has some political campaign bumper stickers affixed.”

The law does not provide that same exemption for the public. Even so, you could say that there’s quite the chasm between a bumper sticker and a huge sign for Trump-Pence.

Read more about Oregon election law here.