Atascadero Republican activist charged with electioneering at polling place

May 10, 2017

Following the release of a YouTube video published by an opponent of the rejected Santa Margarita quarry project, an elderly Atascadero activist has come in the cross hairs of state prosecutors and is now facing charges.

Edith Knight is facing two misdemeanor counts, and if convicted, could serve up to a year in jail. Knight is accused of violating a legal prohibition on campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place on election day.

During the June 2016 primary election, Knight was filmed while sitting inside the Atascadero Elks Lodge and talking on the phone with a voter. The Elks Lodge was serving as a poling place at the time.

In the YouTube footage, Knight can be heard referencing a voter list that she appears to be holding. Knight asks the person on the phone whether he or she is “planning on coming down.”

Toward the end of the conversation, the individual holding the camera chimes in, saying “you can’t do that in here.”

In the description of the video, a YouTube user with the name “No Quarry on 58” states Knight began the phone conversation by saying she was calling on behalf of the election campaign of Supervisor Debbie Arnold.

“The individual calling people from a list (seated under the picture of the Elks Lodge President) is Edith Knight of Atascadero. I was so shocked she was doing this I videotaped her conversation. What I missed was that she started the call with I am calling on behalf of the campaign to elect Debbie Arnold.”

In the previous election cycle, Knight contributed $837.50 to the campaign of District Attorney Dan Dow, according to Dow’s financial disclosure. The county district attorney’s office did not say whether they are not prosecuting the case due to a conflict of interest.







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24 Comments

  1. watsup says:

    Edith Knight is a great lady and would never knowingly break any electioneering laws.
    She is as honest and sincere as the day is long. It was a Democrat looking for something to charge the republicans with- just like the constant “fake” news stories that are constantly being reported by Left wing news reporters.

    All charges against Edith Knight should be dropped immediately! One mistake in all her voting years has lead to her arrest with a possible penalty of a year in jail! Outragious! The issue against Edith is a poor attack against a woman who has had over 80 years of impeccable character.
    Drop the charges!!

    (2) 10 Total Votes - 6 up - 4 down
  2. Chinaski says:

    Finally! We have found evidence of Trump’s claims of irregular voting!!

    (3) 7 Total Votes - 5 up - 2 down
  3. Sulla says:

    Telephoning a voter to remind them that it is Election Day is not electioneering. Even if the caller was asking a voter on the other end of the conversation to vote a certain way, the solicitation is heard not at the polls but at by the voter who is not present. HOWEVER, the false accusation of a crime constitutes defamation, with damages presumed.

    (6) 22 Total Votes - 14 up - 8 down
  4. rukidding says:

    This is just politics as usual. Let’s get over it and move on. No harm done and we all have much more serious things to consider within our political world.

    (8) 32 Total Votes - 20 up - 12 down
  5. Jorge Estrada says:

    Maybe we should call the Democrats, Confederates then draw a line or should it be circles around Feinstein and Pelosi Ville and get this BS over with. Remember, Trump is our President, Republicans are your friends and neighbors. The anger towards corporations, the wealthy are on both sides and this free country is about the opportunity to work and make your own life. Your taxes will be spent on this issue, guilty until proven innocent.

    (-3) 31 Total Votes - 14 up - 17 down
  6. SLOBIRD says:

    Obviously, this Video taken by a Democrat with many grudges to bear: the quarry on 58, the election/win of Debbie Arnold, President Trump’s win and probably the win of Chairman John Peschong must be in lots of pain to carry this around for so long.

    Get over it, Donald J Trump is our President, Debbie Arnold and John Peschong are the County supervisors.

    For eight (8) years I have had to live with Obama as my President. I didn’t like it because as I felt he was racist (took us back 40 years – Tryvon Martin, Michael Brown, fascists roiting), did not follow American immigration laws, destroyed my health care and rates, had Hillary Clinton as Sec of State collecting millions for favors in a pay-for-play scheme, including the reset button with Russia and sold them 20% of our uranium, turned on Israel giving American money into their election, allowed ISIS to be born, Syrian red-line, gave billions to Iran, the fake video over the Benghazi incident, traded a traitor for dangerous criminals, raised our taxes, etc. etc. etc.

    Did I take to the streets, did I call for impeachment, my Party allowed him to select his cabinet, and while they may not have totally cooperated with him, they did not set up roadblocked for his administration and he was allowed by hook and crook to get his agenda done.

    Democrats need to pull up their big boy pants and move forward and win their elections outside of California, Oregon and Washington – socialist states!

    (9) 17 Total Votes - 13 up - 4 down
    • straddle says:

      Right on, let’s just accept things and move forward….um…..er…..except the current administration is going backwards.

      Backwards in time to when America was allegedly greater that it is now. A time, to date, that nobody seems able to identify.

      (3) 9 Total Votes - 6 up - 3 down
    • Ben Daho says:

      How you can say “Get over it” donald J Trump is a pathological liar and CLEARLY involved with the russians over MY country.
      I’m embarrassed for you. he bragged about being a sexual predator and was given a pass.
      Obama didn’t take our country back 40 years. The Trumcollytes want to take our country back, and you complain that obama did. WTF?
      Trayvon Martin was followed by an armed man in the dark. what would you do if you saw a car following your child in the dark and it was raining?
      “Fascists rioting”? Are you referring to the Stanley cups riots? or the Chicago Bulls win riots? the Huntington beach Surf contest riots? what riots are you referring to?

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      remain the licensees, will remain qualified to conduct the uranium recovery operations, and will continue to have the equipment, facilities, and procedures necessary to protect public health and safety and to minimize danger to life or property. The review also determined that the licensees will maintain adequate financial surety for eventual decommissioning of the sites. Neither Uranium One nor ARMZ holds an NRC export license, so no uranium produced at either facility may be exported.

      allowed isis to be born? Invading the Middle east was NOT Obama. turned on Israel? PLEASE explain how Obama “Turned on Israel”
      Obama drew the line on Syria and no one wanted to back him.
      Gave Billions to iran? It was THEIR MONEY THAT WE HAD SEIZED and, we made a deal with them involving 6 other countries. WTF?

      The Republicans ADMITTED there was no error on Benghazi. I noticed you didn’t mention Trumps failed mission that got a seal and a small girl killed. he says he doesn’t tell his enemies his plans and then he announces he’s sending a carrier group to N. Korea.

      Trumps ties with Russia are sickening but people like you that hate America and allow it are worse.

      Flynn. His National security advisor LIED about his involvement with Russia, Carter Page, Manafort, Sessions, Kushner and on and on ALL lied about being involved with Russia. He allowed the russian press into the West wing of the White house with their equipment but not America press.

      HOW can you compare a brilliant president like Obama with a man that was fined $25,000,000.00 for having a fake school?

      I watched COUNTLESS republicans mock Obama for his Physician statement but silent about the “build the wall and mexico pay for it”

      Hypocrite republicans.

      (2) 6 Total Votes - 4 up - 2 down

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