Law’s Jonathan Entin investigates prohibition of loitering around a polling place during elections

Issue 1 backers bring free root beer floats with their message to Ohio early voters
ideastreamJonathan Entin, the David L. Brennan Professor Emeritus of Law, said it’s unclear whether a group of activists supporting Issue 1 violated a law by handing out root beer floats to would-be voters. He noted they would likely need to be outside of a 100-foot perimeter of the polling place. But he said there is a separate provision in law that interferes with the conduct of an election that prohibits loitering in or about a polling place during an election. “But that’s a pretty general provision and it’s not clear to me that provision would actually cover providing the root beer float,” Entin said.