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Bill Clinton Broke Election Day Restrictions on Super Tuesday?

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Bill Clinton campaigns in Massachusetts with a bullhorn on Super Tuesday. (YouTube).

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 11:51 AM

Bill Clinton is being interrogated on social media about whether he broke election day restrictions by soliciting votes too close to a polling location in Massachusetts on Super Tuesday.

The former president and husband of leading Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday at the Holy Name Parish School in West Roxbury with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, where he greeted and chatted with voters, said Boston.com.

MassLive.com said Clinton stayed at the polling place for 45 minutes, shaking hands, talking with voters and posing for pictures. He then stepped inside the polling place where he bought a cup of coffee and stopped at a bake sale.

Boston.com said those soliciting votes for or against a candidate, party of issue cannot be within 150 feet of a polling place, according to Massachusetts election rules.

MassLive.com said Clinton appeared to be aware there were rules when one woman asked inside the polling place to take a picture with him.

"As long as we're not violating any election laws," Clinton told the woman before taking the photo with her. MassLive.com said Clinton went on to make other election day stops in eastern Massachusetts.

The Associated Press reported that Hillary Clinton edged Sen. Bernie Sanders 50.12 percent to 48.68 percent in the hotly contested Massachusetts primary.

"We had to remind some of our poll workers that even a president can't go inside and work a polling place," William F. Galvin, the Massachusetts secretary of state, told The New York Times. He said Clinton could not ask for votes inside the polls.

"He can go in, but he can't approach voters," Galvin said. "We just took the extra precaution of telling them because this is not a usual occurrence. You don't usually get a president doing this."

Bernie Sanders supporters, though, complained on social media about the former president's actions.


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