Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Bill Clinton’s arrest for violating Massachusetts election law on Super Tuesday by campaigning close to — and even inside — polling places.
The drive was launched by supporters of Bernie Sanders, who accused Bubba of stumping for his wife, Hillary, within 150 feet of a polling location in New Bedford and inside others in Newton and Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood.
“This is a call for the immediate arrest of President Bill Clinton for clear, knowing and egregious violation of the campaign laws to swing an election in a significant way. It could not be any clearer in the Massachusetts General Laws,” the petition states.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin’s website says, “On Election Day, certain activities are prohibited within the polling location and within 150 feet of the polling place,” including the “solicitation of votes for or against, or any other form of promotion or opposition of, any person or political party.”
The Sanders supporters said photos prove the ex-prez violated the law by attending a rally outside a polling place in New Bedford and entering polling stations in the other two communities.
“Although the spokesperson for Bill Clinton denies that he was ever inside a polling place, photos and video show him clearly greeting and talking up election workers inside,” the petition reads.
Galvin, a Democrat, downplayed the controversy.
“He had the right to go into the polling locations, and say ‘Hello’ to workers who were there. The issue is, you can’t go inside and say, ‘Vote for my wife,’ or ‘Vote for Hillary,’ ” Galvin told the Boston Globe.
The Globe reported that’s precisely what Clinton did.
“Pull the lever for Hillary,” he told one voter at the Boston polling place, the paper reported.
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In New Bedford, he thanked his wife’s supporters with a bullhorn just outside a polling place.
“Thank you all for participating. I especially thank those of you who are supporting Hillary,” he shouted, the Globe reported.
Petitioners fired back at Galvin’s dismissal of the complaints.
“Bill Clinton does not vote in Massachusetts, and would have no other business in a polling station on election day besides campaigning for his wife,” the petition on Change.org states.
Veronica Wolski of Chicago, who started the petition, slammed the Clintons’ flouting of election laws.
“This malfeasance, on the part of the Clinton campaign, will not go unchallenged,” she said.
Many Sanders supporters posted angry comments on the website.
“I am 100 percent done with the cheating Clintons,” wrote Patty Jane of Ypsilanti, Mich.
“A former president should not be above the law,” added Eric Wimer of New York City.
Hillary Clinton narrowly beat Sanders in Massachusetts on Tuesday, 50 to 49 percent.