Wisconsin Democrats are accusing Mitt Romney of breaking state laws by handing out free sandwiches to voters on Election Day.
At a campaign stop in Waukesha Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan handed out free subs to supporters gathered at a restaurant. Afterward, Romney urged voters to head to the polls for Tuesday’s primary and to get their friends to vote. Romney also said “if you want another sandwich, there are more back there.”
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State Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski claims Romney and Ryan were breaking the law with the free sandwiches. Zielinski says “Wisconsin law is very clear. You can’t give something of more than a dollar in value to get people to the polls on Election Day.”
Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney says the agency frequently advises candidates, parties, and businesses to not “provide any food, beverages or other inducements to acknowledge people’s participation in an election.”
Democrats have filed a complaint with state election officials calling for an investigation. Magney could not comment on the incident, but said any action would have to be carried out by the local officials. Zielinski says they will forward the complaint to the Waukesha County district attorney as well.
The Romney campaign did not return calls seeking comment.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:06)