Casket with anti-Obama sticker raises ire in N.C.
Posted: Nov. 1, 2008
Updated: Nov. 2 10:58 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — NorthCarolina officials are decrying the appearance of a casket with ananti-Barack Obama sticker at a Cravens County polling place.
StateDemocrats said Saturday the coffin and sticker are an attempt tointimidate people voting early. Republican Party spokesman BrentWoodcox told The (Raleigh) News & Observer that citizens should beoutraged.
The NAACP says the casket was in place for at leastseveral hours. A bumper sticker on it showed an image of Obama and thephrase "O' No!"
Craven County Director of Elections Tonya Pittssaid the casket was placed at the site by former County CommissionerBill Harper. It was originally for “Joe the Plumber” and had a signthat read “taxed to death.” Later in the week, Pitts said theanti-Obama stickers were placed on the casket.
The casket wasconsidered an act of free speech since it was further than 50 feet fromthe polls, Pitts said. The casket was removed by the sheriff’sdepartment on Friday.
An NAACP official told WRAL News Sundayevening that the organization is filing a formal complaint over thecasket with the Board of Elections, the Department of Justice and thestate Attorney General.
Meanwhile, federal officials say JusticeDepartment personnel will monitor voting Tuesday in several counties inNorth Carolina and South Carolina as part of a nationwide effort toprotect voting rights and prevent fraud.
Observers will be in Alamance County, N.C.; and in Dorchester and Georgetown counties in South Carolina.
(This story contains information from WCBI)
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