The driver of the truck also happens to be a Flathead County election judge who parked his rig outside a polling place in Whitefish—the First Baptist Church on Highway 93—and in doing so probably violated state law.
A perturbed reader, Robert Horne, sent us these photos (more below) this afternoon, expressing outrage over the election judge's flagrant electioneering.
Flathead County Election Administrator Paula Robinson confirmed that the election judge drove the truck to the polling place, but she wasn't sure if he actually owned it. Initially, she said, a complaint alleged that the truck was parked within 100 feet of the entrance of the polling place, which is against the law. By the time she sent a staffer to tell the election judge to move the truck, he already had, she said.
"Certainly for me, in hiring election judges," Robinson said, "there isn't anything that states that they can't drive a vehicle and park it 100, 200 feet away from a polling place with a political sign on it....And so at this point, I guess it's more of an ethical question. Who am I to determine, if it's not within statute, whether he's ethically right or wrong?
"Do I like to see it? No," she continued. "I don't like the negative campaigning. No, I didn't agree with the situation. It didn't make me feel good...I don't know what else to say other than the vehicle has been moved and there are a number of people upset about it. I wish it hadn't happened."