Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Memories of East Town Mall

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp was asked to leave the mall after people complained about his campaigning outside of the 100 foot boundary of the polling place within the mall . 

As I recall the same thing happened when East Town Mall in Knoxville had a polling place in it about 6 years ago. If I  recall correctly Amy Broyles and Mark Harmon were campaigning there for the Orange ballot and were asked to leave.

While the final outcome is a little foggy to my memory, I thought it was ruled that as long as the candidates  were outside of the 100 foot border they could not be stopped from campaigning there. East town later shut down the polling location (Or possibly they just did not have a polling location there the next election, I'm not quite sure). But I don't think they can stop people from campaigning there.

As I also recall the question got down to where does the 100 feet start. The mall doors or the shop space where the polling booths are.  I think it was ruled the 100 feet starts where the booths are located.

7 comments:

  1. What difference does it make? Fleischman has enough money to beat both Wamp and Mayfield.
    They are just wasting their time campaigning and running boring ads on TV.

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  2. East Town Mall became Knoxville Center quite some time ago...hasn't been called this in a long time.

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    1. I was thinking it was still east town mall when the Orange ballot mall controversy happened.

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    2. The Simon company renovated and renamed East Towne Mall in 1997.

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  3. Why is Wamp campaiging at Knoxville Center Mall anyway - isn't he running in McMinn County and down towards Chattanooga?

    What's he doing in Knoxville if we can't vote for him? Duh?

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    1. He was at a mall in Hamilton county.

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  4. But wait...what about that "balance" of private property rights vs. individual rights?

    Shouldn't Weston be forced to get a campaign permit with a criminal background check, fingerprinting, pay a fee and a recurring tax to campaign at the mall? I mean, it's not like we can have just "anybody" out running their mouth in public you know. If not, then couldn't he just keep his campaign literature locked in the glove box of his car and not bother anyone on the property or promise not to talk to them in case somebody at the mall might get offended? Can't the mall owners declare their property a "no-speech" zone and kick him out for saying anything or having the literature locked in his glove box?

    Or do we have different standards for the 1st amendment than for the 2nd in Tennessee?

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