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Posters in Holts Summit church gym not 'electioneering'

Posters in Holts Summit church gym not 'electioneering'

November 7th, 2018 by Jenny Gray in Local Politics

Fulton voters fill out their ballots Tuesday at Fulton City Hall. Some election results were incomplete by press time Tuesday night.

Photo by Helen Wilbers /Fulton Sun.

HOLTS SUMMIT — Three voters at St. Andrews Church on Tuesday complained to elections officials because there were anti-abortion posters on a wall.

"I received one complaint personally and the secretary of state's office received two," Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said.

While Missouri law prohibits electioneering within 25 feet of a polling location, there were no abortion issues on Tuesday's ballots. The posters were on a wall of the church's gymnasium that was functioning as a polling place. About 900 people voted there Tuesday.

"I did not ask the church to take them down," Hubbard said.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Maura Browning told the Fulton Sun the electioneering law only applies to candidates or issues that are on the ballot. Because there was no abortion-related question on the Callaway County or state ballot, the signs are not considered electioneering and did not have to be removed.

Hubbard said she contacted the Secretary of State's office after receiving the complaint.