Kansas candidate asked to leave polling place parking lot

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas congressional candidate was told to leave the parking lot of an early voting site.

The Kansas City Star reports Democrat Jay Sidie, who’s running against Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in Kansas’ 3rd District, was told to leave the polling place’s parking lot Saturday because of concerns about trying to campaign too close to a polling place. Kansas law says people can’t try to persuade voters within 250 feet of a voting site entrance.

A Sidie spokesman says Sidie was more than 250 away, “broke no laws” and left after being asked to move.

Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County election commissioner, says Sidie should know the law, but he doesn’t know if he’ll make a report about the incident.

A Yoder spokesman says they’re considering filing a formal complaint.