Pairing food, early-vote rallies raises legal risks | argusleader.com | Argus Leader Pairing food, early-vote rallies raises legal risks Democrats in South Dakota are holding three early-vote rallies on reservations this week that will feature "feeds" to attract potential voters. A lot of it depends on the context of how it's being done," Secretary of State Chris Nelson said. State law forbids candidates and campaigns from "offering anything of value" to get people to vote - not just to vote for a particular candidate or issue, but to vote in general. In 1998, then-Attorney General Mark Barnett and then-U.S. Attorney Karen Schreier issued a written warning to political parties about offering "a meal, money, gifts or whatever" in exchange for voting. Barnett followed that with another letter five months later that said under state law, "any giveaways or incentives offered as an encouragement for people to vote are prohibited. The statute is very broad and should be so construed." Ahh yes, the Dems are getting desparate. They must be afraid of the the 28%ers. By the way, I haven't seen anyone using that douchy 28% reference lately. Soon it will be Obama's approval rating then maybe I can be a douche and use it like the other caulksniffs.