Voters complain campaign signs too close to precinct

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 11/12/2013 12:22 pm Published: 11/12/2013 12:14 pm

Campaign ads were a little too close for comfort at a midtown polling place Tuesday.

Some voters weren’t happy with a row of campaign ads for Mayor Dewey Bartlett that lined the parking lot to the Roman Catholic Church of the Madalene on East 22nd Street.

“I think everybody in Tulsa has a coat; it’s not an ice storm,” Mayoral candidate Kathy Taylor said early Tuesday. “It’s a pivotal election for the future of Tulsa.”

Taylor was pushing for voters to brace cold temperatures to get out and vote. But some who did saw campaign signs too close to the precinct.

“When I drove up I saw a bunch of Mr. Dewey signs out there,” Voter Fred Ebrahimi told FOX23. “It’s illegal.”

He wass so upset by the signs he complained to officials inside who told him they would call the sheriff's office.

Jennifer Doverspike said, “I wasn’t sure if you’re supposed to do that or not.”

We checked in with both Mayor Bartlett and Kathy Taylor’s campaigns and found out signs should be 300 feet from polling places.

When Mayor Bartlett showed up to the church to cast his vote, FOX23’s Janai Norman asked him whether he thought the signs were the legal distance away.

“Well they might not be,” he said.

“We instructed all of our volunteers to put them at least three football fields away,” Victoria Bartlett added.

For Ebrahimi, his outrage wasn’t about the signs advocating for one candidate over the other.

“I don’t care if it was Kathy Taylor or Dewey Bartlett, it’s not supposed to [be there],” he said. “This is a political system that’s supposed to be fair and fairness is done by following the law.”

Early McClung told FOX23, “I don’t think it’s going to change quite honestly.”

We talked with McClung after he cast his vote. His concern wasn’t just campaigning too closely, but the two campaigns overall.

“It was kind of a dirty game in my opinion,” McClung began. “They were too busy putting each other down instead of addressing the issues they need to address, all the issues.”

McClung tells FOX23 he wishes he had more options on this year’s ballot. More specifically he says something other than Republican or Democrat.

“It’s all about the people, and they seem to make it more about the politicians or their party.”

When we spoke with Mayor Bartlett he did say his team would remove the campaign ads if they were too close to the polling place, and they removed shortly after.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/13/2013 9:30 AM
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An early indicator that he will continue to neglect what truly matters and makes a difference to Tulsans.
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