Election Officials Gone Wild
This incident occurred at Bella Vista Baptist Church during a recent special election. Petitioners from Secure Arkansas were asking voters to sign a petition to place on the ballot for voter approval a law that would ban persons illegally in this state from getting access to public benefits. The election official incorrectly thought the petitioners did not have a right to gather signatures at a polling place. They do as long as they are 100 feet from the entrance. Notice how he got physical with the person holding the camera, then falsely accused them of getting physical with HIM, even though the truth was recorded right there on camera.
It is my observation that many members of our ruling class, and their lackeys, are indignant and offended at the very idea that average people can petition to have the rules by which we lived altered. Nevertheless it is the right of the people to petition for redress of grievences. I hope that during the run-off on June 8th that election officials conduct themselves in a more civilized manner than this one did. It is my understanding that Secure Arkansas is looking for folks to petition at polling places again. Hopefully this time without physical intimidation from election officials who don't know election law.
Further details of the incident can be found here.