The Chicago Sun Times reported that First Lady Michelle Obama became the first early voter at the Martin Luther King Center on Chicago's South Side just after 9 a.m. Thursday. The Times reported that Michelle Obama is back home in Chicago to help with the Democrat fund raising effort. Continuing with the trend of early voting, in Obama's Chicago 25% of votes were cast early or by absentee ballots, Michelle Obama wowed election Judge Dorothy Yarbrough, a retired CTA bus driver, who checked in the first lady.
However, towards the end of the Times article, the reporter noted how fellow voters took photos with the First Lady using their cell phones. Dennis Campbell, a 56-year-old electrician said of Obama "she was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going." This is in clear contradiction if Illinois law.
Illinois state law -- Sec. 17-29 (a): "No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place [or] within 100 feet of any polling place." It would appear that the First Lady is in breach of this state law by electioneering and soliciting votes from Mr. Campbell.
An Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT that Mrs. Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer, may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally. "You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?" the official added late on Thursday.
When questioned about the brazen nature of Mrs. Obama's campaigning, press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the First Lady's breaking of state law. "I don't think it would be much to imagine, the First Lady might support her husband's agenda," Gibbs smirked.