CEDAR CITY – On this election day for Utah’s Republican Primary, citizens of Cedar City assigned to vote at Canyon View High School, a public high school designated as the polling place for Iron County Precincts 6 and 7, arrived to see the school’s electronic marquee flashing the name of Evan Vickers.
Vickers is on the ballot candidating against incumbent Sen. Casey Anderson for the GOP nomination for Utah’s State Senate District 28.
Utah Election Code Section 20A-3-501 prohibits electioneering within 150 feet of the building where a polling place is located, and provides that “(a) county, municipality, school district, or local district may not prohibit electioneering that occurs more than 150 feet from the building where a polling place is located … (emphasis added).”
The timing of the marquis strikes some as curious, as callers in to the Perspectives Morning Show on Fox News Radio 1450 KZNU, observed. Regardless, the broadcasting of a candidate’s name on election day at a polling location appears to some to violate election laws and the integrity of the polling process.
Donna Sanders, secretary for Canyon View High School, said that the messages on the marquis have been up for weeks.
“We got the new marquis (about a year ago) and people had donated to get the marquis,” Sanders said. She said the full message thanks Vickers and Braun Construction for donating toward the purchase of the marquis.
Sanders apologized, “I don’t think it was meant for voting,” she said. “I’m gonna try to turn it off.”
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