Solicitation of voters shouldn’t get rubber stamp at fed facilities

Posted: Thursday, October 05, 2006

On Saturday, Sept. 23rd, at the Soldotna Post office, the public was repeatedly approached by a group soliciting voter’s signatures for an anti-hunting ballot initiative. “Save the Grizzly” rang out each time a person entered or exited the post office.

I asked the attendant at the counter if they were aware of this activity, or whether the other viewpoints would be given the same opportunity, and was told that the Post Master had authorized it, and that she would be in on Monday.

On Monday morning the Post Master verified to me that she had authorized the group to set up near the post office entrances, starting on Friday. She then asked them not to return on Saturday because of the aggressive tactics they had used, blocking the entrances in pursuit of voters, but they returned anyway.

Regardless of the political issue, I have to wonder, is the solicitation of voters for a ballot initiative an appropriate and unbiased use of a Federal facility?

Dianne MacLean


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