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Church signs irk Golden Valley voter

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Polling problems Updated: November 2, 2010 - 5:56 PM

 

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Tom Harty of Golden Valley said he finds it objectionable that Christian Life Center, home to election Precinct 7 in Golden Valley, displays the following messages on its lighted sign:

Side One: "SHOULD WE OBEY GOD OR THE POLLS?  VOTE NOVEMBER 2ND"

Side Two: "IF AMERICA IS TO SURVIVE WE MUST ELECT MORE GOD-CENTERED MEN TO PUBLIC OFFICE"

Here's what Harty has to say:

In my opinion the signage has a blatant political message and advocates applying a religious litmus test to prospective candidates.  I believe this is in violation of election rules and is inappropriate for a polling place.

When asked about the sign the elections officials handed out a flyer saying they had asked the pastor to take down the sign.  The pastor claimed his message was not related to any candidate.   

Sue Virnig, the Golden Valley city clerk, isn't thrilled about the sign, but noted that it was more than 100 feet from the entrance to the polling place. "We did ask the church to remove them and they chose not to," Virnig said. She said the city is always looking for alternative locations for election precincts, but the need for parking makes them hard to find.  

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