Does state law ban all political activity within 100 feet of a polling place?
No. State law only bans “electioneering” on public
property within 100 feet of the entrance to a building containing a
polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to or within a nursing
home or qualified retirement home or community-based residential
facility while special voting deputies are present at the home or
facility. Wis. Stat. secs. 12.03(b)1-3.
defined as “any activity which is intended to influence voting at an
election.” Wis. Stat. sec. 12.03(4). Thus, political activity on public
property that is not intended to influence voting behavior at an
election is not electioneering and is not subject to the 100 foot limits
for polling places or special deputy voting activities. But, election
inspectors are empowered to restrict or prohibit non-electioneering
activity at or near a polling place, if the activity interferes with or
distracts election officials or voters, interrupts voting activities or
constitutes disorderly behavior. Wis. Stat. secs. 5.35(5) and 7.37(2).