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Judge orders Obama mural at Philadelphia polling station to be covered up, plus other Election Day updates

By Doug Powers  •  November 6, 2012 03:19 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

It was just an oversight I’m sure. The mural only took up most of an entire wall:

One polling site in Philadelphia apparently had a mural of President Obama emblazoned on the wall directly behind the voting machines. The mural, at a local school being used as a polling site, contained the words “change!” and “hope,” along with a quote from the president.

Republicans were drawing attention to the image Tuesday morning, with one Mitt Romney spokesman tweeting: “Voters in Philly’s Ward 35 are being forced to cast their ballots next to this.”
Pennsylvania election law states “no person within a polling place may electioneer or solicit votes for any political party, political body, or candidate, nor may any unauthorized written or printed materials be posted within the polling place.”

This was how it looked:


Later a judge ordered the Obama mural to be covered up. The Veep’s office said they’d take care of that right away:


(Update: The above wasn’t nearly snarky enough — take a look at how they covered the mural. Judge = mocked)

An Obama poster has also been spotted in a Florida polling place.

Also, there’s this two-fer from Chicago via The Weekly Standard:

This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago), shows an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat,” a source writes. “Chicago’s 4th ward is home to President Barack Obama.”

The voter who took the photo says: “Woman in front of me also given an extra ballot.”

Where are those international election observers, anyway? In a state of shock after discovering that the US does not require ID to vote, that’s where.

Howard “YEARGHH!” Dean said earlier that the only way Obama can lose Ohio is if the Republicans pull off some kind of vote fraud:

Really, Howard?

I’ll close with this ironic gem: Some DC poll workers have been given a photo of Attorney General Eric Holder so they can positively identify him should he show up to vote (which stems from this). Holder’s ballot is being protected via photo identification? Why hasn’t anybody thought of that before? Wait, nevermind.

Ed Morrissey: “If it takes photo ID to protect Eric Holder’s right to cast his own ballot, maybe it makes sense for the rest of us, too.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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