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    Open Carry While Voting

    Who here is going to OC while voting tomorrow?

    I'm still up in the air as my polling location is at Farmington HS.

    As TheQ stated in another thread:

    "Food for thought. As always with OC and in life, don't pick legal battles you can't afford to fight. Knowing you, Paul, I know you can afford the fights. Others should keep in mind the cost of the fight when making their decisions."

    This what is hitching me up as I'm always CC or OC unless I'm sleeping or showering.

    Gotta love law...

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    my wife and i will be, but it's at a community center, so no issues there.
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    I OC to vote, but it is at my township hall.
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    I plan to open carry, I also plan on voting, If the open carry gets in the way of the voting i will remove the firearm and go vote.
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    raggs, if they interrupt you, THEY are committing a felony
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    I'll be voting tomorrow at gobles town hall. OC of course. Hope everyone else has a smooth and happy election day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellslikemichigan View Post
    true, however I do not have the means to legally argue this in court, and I REALLY want to vote.
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggs View Post
    true, however I do not have the means to legally argue this in court, and I REALLY want to vote.
    This...even after the event in Grand Rapids earlier this year...I still am thinking twice about doing so.

    I guess I still have about 24 hours to decide.

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    this is interesting

    no cameras allowed?
    http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7...9455--,00.html
    there is no law that backs this up.
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    You may be right. This is the law listing prohibited behavior:

    MCL 168.931 - misdemeanors

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%2...me=mcl-168-931
    http://law.onecle.com/michigan/168-m...l-168-931.html

    MCL 168.932 - felonies

    http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ycx...me=mcl-168-932
    Updated: http://law.onecle.com/michigan/168-m...-168-932a.html

    I don't see anything about audio or video or still recording. This is the closest thing:

    MCL 168.932(d) A person shall neither disclose to any other person the name of any candidate voted for by any elector, the contents of whose ballots were seen by the person, nor in any manner obstruct or attempt to obstruct any elector in the exercise of his or her duties as an elector under this act.
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    Open Carry While Voting

    Keep in mind, they can ALWAYS hassle you after the fact. They know where you live and who you are (voter registration).
    Call for a cop, call for an ambulance, and call for a pizza. See who shows up first.

    I am not a lawyer (merely an omnipotent member of a continuum). The contents of this post are not a substitute for sound legal advice from a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.

    Comments and views stated in my post are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Michigan Open Carry, Inc. unless stated otherwise in the post.

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    Well I OC'd while voting on October 31st (waited to send my trick in). Now to be honest, it was from the comfort of my own home via mail-in early voting. I can say having voted my entire life (from the age of 18 forward) in MI. Many states have much better voting setups. As it has been mentioned here, legally if you are a CPL holder you may OC in a school to vote. However in my experience the law becomes subjective to many of those sworn to uphold it.

    Carry on my friends, openly and safely.

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    It's not so much a question of quether I will OC while voting. I plan to, my voting location is in a senior center which is in an elementary school building. The big question is who am I going to vote for (for state/local positions). I'm so unprepared.

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    VOTE! Citizenship is a Verb!

    I OCd while drinking a beer, eating my lunch, and Voting at my kitchen table. Washington State Votes by mail. Next time I think I will Vote nekkid.

    I will OC when I deliver the Ballot tho.
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    I'll be open-carry voting at the Township Hall tomorrow morning. Have done so for several past elections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellslikemichigan View Post
    raggs, if they interrupt you, THEY are committing a felony
    Same in Iowa. The law specifically states that any "offender" who is to be arrested or removed from the polling location, MUST be allowed to complete their vote prior to arrest or removal.

    Though, I will be surprised if any LEO actually knows that law.
    The only terrorists I see nowadays are at the Capital.


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    btw, here is how my brother handled it right across the border in indiana. they have a preemption law similar to ours. btw, he has an attorney that is working for no money up front. when you have a case this cut and dry, there's no fear of losing. throughout the whole process, public officials have admitted their wrongdoing. i guess they have not been told to shut up by the county attorney.
    http://www.abc57.com/home/top-stories/Guns-allowed-at-the-polls-177358651.html?m=n
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    carry during voting

    gonna carry, don't know if cc or oc, wearing my flannel at the moment but most of the time it rides over top of my holster without me noticing it, so, most likely oc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellslikemichigan View Post
    btw, here is how my brother handled it right across the border in indiana. they have a preemption law similar to ours. btw, he has an attorney that is working for no money up front. when you have a case this cut and dry, there's no fear of losing. throughout the whole process, public officials have admitted their wrongdoing. i guess they have not been told to shut up by the county attorney.
    http://www.abc57.com/home/top-stories/Guns-allowed-at-the-polls-177358651.html?m=n
    but, did he get to vote?
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    not in the primaries, but because of his actions everyone in indiana will get to vote today. if he had bent to the will of the tyrants, he would have had no argument. no case against the county and no way to protect the rights of other voters.
    Last edited by smellslikemichigan; 11-06-2012 at 08:36 AM.
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    I OC'ed while voting today. Click image for larger version. 

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    voted, concealed carry. Job done!
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    I vote at Gretchko Elementary in West Bloomfield, and I will be OC'ing. Anyone new to OC and voting there want to come along?
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    Voted... in an elementary school... left the piece in the nano-vault. Not worth it in my situation.
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