Two council members from Altavista, Virginia were arrested, an ABC affiliate reported Wednesday. Authorities say they campaigned on Election Day inside a polling place.
James Higginbotham and Michele Brumfield were both arrested and charged with “prohibited activity at the polls.” The arrests took place earlier this week.
In the state of Virginia, the statute forbids anyone to hand out campaign material at a polling place while it’s open for voting. The statue also forbids anyone to congregate or loiter within 40 feet of any polling place.
Boundaries were set by local officials in charge of the election. Both Brumfield and Higginbotham campaigned within those boundaries on Election Day, and were ordered to cease immediately, says Lynchburg Commonwealth’s attorney Mike Doucette.
The two continued campaigning despite repeated warnings.
The local police department asked the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office to investigate, in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest, according to the report.
The two are still official town council members, according to the local government’s website, and neither has given any indication they plan to resign during the proceedings.