The President of the Board of Supervisors for Frederick City Elections says the reports are true that multiple election judges told board members that Delegate Galen Clagett broke electioneering rules during Frederick's primary election on September 10, 2013. "Yes, I will confirm that," said Ann Leffler. Election judges told the board that Clagett violated city code by entering numerous polling places and conversing with judges. "It was in 5 out of the 6 polling places," continued Leffler.
Delegate Clagett denies breaking the rules. "Under the law I can be a poll watcher. I can appoint poll watchers, and every time I've run for office I've gone into polling places, usually in the afternoon, to get the turnout numbers. One place I went to I was accosted and told I couldn't be here and my point to them was, I am entitled to be here," continued Clagett.
"We will prepare what information we have and turn it over to the State's Attorney's Office and they will decide whether to take any action," said Leffler.
"My conclusion is maybe the judges don't know the law and they complained about it, and now we got the supervisor saying they're going to pursue it. And I hope the God they do!, because it's going to cost the City a lot of money, and I am angry about it. They were totally inappropriate as to how they behaved," Delegate Clagett said.
City code states that "no person is permitted to canvass, electioneer or post any campaign material" in the polling place or within 100 feet from the entrance or exit. The only people allowed in the room are election officials, registered voters for that polling place, and "challengers and watchers." The registered voters are to vote and depart the polling place "within a reasonable amount of time," the code states. "If the voter remains in the polling room, it may be considered illegal electioneering," the code says.