Q May a candidate transport voters to the polls and provide meals at a site near the polling place?

A The practice of providing transportation to the polls on election day is not prohibited by statute, nor is providing meals on election day. Whether the providing of meals or transportation is part of a quid pro quo giving rise to criminal liability would be a question of fact determinable by a court. Section 23-15-889 makes it a crime to offer a person money or anything of substantial value for his vote or for the voter to sell or offer to sell his vote. Section 97-13-3 makes it a crime to offer or give a reward to a third party for the third party to procure any personís vote for or against a candidate. Common to both statutes is an unlawful inducement to secure a voterís ballot choice. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Smith dated September 3, 2010)