Becka posted it on YouTube. See it here:
You can see approximately twenty people walk from the bus into the office.
At the 2:15 minute mark, you can clearly hear a man yell:
“Where are we supposed to get our money at?!”
Then, at the 4:00 minute mark you can hear a man (the same man?) yell:
“Where’s our money at?!”
Channel 7 reported:
A representative for Forward Omaha says the people who rode the bus were promised opportunities to work for the group on Election Day.
Those hired would help get voters to the polls on Jan. 25.
“We are paying people to work for us to get out the vote on Election Day. If they go through training they get $5. They are not being paid to vote either way,” Gary DiSilvestro with Forward Omaha said.
Yet, shockingly, one of the homeless people didn’t understand it that way.
And to that we present the following Nebraska Revised Statute:
32-1536. Bribery; prohibited acts; penalty.
(1) Any person who accepts or receives any valuable thing as a consideration for his or her vote for any person to be voted for at any election shall be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor.
(2) Any person who, by bribery, attempts to influence any voter of this state in voting, uses any threat to procure any voter to vote contrary to the inclination of such voter, or deters any voter from voting shall be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor.
It sure seems like the man yelling, “Where’s out money at?” expected to be paid for voting.
And he was no doubt given “literature” for Mayor Suttle.
So did Mayor Suttle and his campaign group Forward Omaha violate 32-1536 above?
We will let those involved take a whack at that.
But are there questions about all of this?
Sure seems so to us.
WOWT’s story on this: