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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Idaho's Election Day Crimes and Punishments

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Idahoans should take note to mind their P's and Q's today at polling places.

Idaho Code, Title 18 [Crimes and Punishments], Chapter 23 includes a laundry lists of do's and don'ts during elections.

18-2305 states "every person who, by force, threats, menaces, bribery, or any corrupt means, either directly or indirectly attempts to influence any elector in giving his vote, or to deter him from giving the same ... is guilty of a misdemeanor."

18-2307 states "every person not entitled to vote, who fraudulently attempts to vote, or who, after entitled to vote attempts to vote more than once at any election, is guilty of a misdemeanor."

18-2309 states "every officer or clerk of election who aids in changing or destroying any poll list, or in placing any ballots in the ballot box ... or adds to or mixes with, or attempts to add to or mix with the ballots polled any other ballots, while the same are being counted or canvassed ... is guilty of a felony."

18-2313 states "any person who wilfully disturbs, or is guilty of any riotous conduct at or near, any election place or voting precinct ... is guilty of a misdemeanor."

18-2314 states "every person who makes, offers, or accepts any bet or wager upon the result of any election ... is guilty of a misdemeanor."

18-2318 states "on the day of any primary, general or special election, no person may ... within one hundred feet ... do any electioneering; circulate cards or handbills of any kind; solicit signatures to any kind of petition ... engage in any practice which interferes with the freedom of voters to exercise their franchise or disrupts the administration of the polling place. ... Any election officer, sheriff, constable or other peace officer is hereby authorized ... to arrest any person violating the provisions ... and such offender shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25 nor exceeding $1,000."

18-2319 states "no person shall attempt to influence the vote of any elector by means of a promise or a favor, or by means of violence or threats of violence, or threats of withdrawing custom or dealing in business or trade, or enforcing the payment of a debt, or discharging from employment, or bringing a suit or criminal prosecution, or any other threat of injury by him, or by any other means."

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