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Alabama: candidate reported as loitering at polls in Perry County

The Birmingham News reports: A federal observer from the U.S. Department of Justice reported potential violations of election law in Perry County to the Alabama secretary of state Tuesday afternoon.

The observer reported that one candidate was loitering in the polling place throughout the day and appeared to be telling people how to vote. State law prohibits campaigning closer than 30 feet from the entrance of a polling place.

Secretary of State Beth Chapman said she called the Perry County sheriff and County Commission to report the problems. Perry County Sheriff James Hood said he went to the voting LOCATION to look and saw nothing unusual.

She may be referring to some person going in with people to assist them to vote, he said, but I don t consider that loitering. -- Poll problems reported in Perry County - Breaking News from The Birmingham News - al.com

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