No person, other than the district officials, the candidates or 1 representative appointed in writing by each candidate, and such qualified electors as are for the time being actually engaged in voting or going to and returning therefrom, may be permitted within the poll-ing place and that area surrounding the polling place reasonably calculated to preserve a peaceful and quiet atmosphere for the balloting process. Any other person who remains or loiters within the area immediately surrounding a polling place during the time appointed for voting, or who fails to vacate the polling place and area immediately surrounding it in response to the lawful order of an election official, is guilty of a class B misdemeanor. If a qualified elector is manifestly physically disabled, the qualified elector may be assisted by anyone through the area specified.
(b) The Chief Election Officer may allow nonvoter groups to observe the election for educational purposes. The Chief Election Officer shall use his discretion in granting permission and ensure that persons whose applications are granted may observe the election at designated precincts in a manner that they will not interfere with the election process.History: 1977, PL 15-42 § 1; amd 1980, PL 16-72 § 3.
Amendments: 1980 Subsection (a): amended generally.