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Mass. Sec. Of State Reminds Bill Clinton Not To Campaign Inside Polling Locations

BOSTON (CBS) - The Secretary of State's office is looking into the actions of former President Bill Clinton, who was campaigning for his wife across Massachusetts on Super Tuesday.

Clinton stopped in several towns, but also inside a polling location that he wasn't supposed to be in.

Alongside Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the former president shook hands and took pictures with voters inside a polling location in West Roxbury Tuesday morning.

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and former President Bill Clinton inside polling location in West Roxbury (WBZ-TV)

"He's certainly free to visit polling places," Secretary of State William Galvin said in an interview with WBZ NewsRadio 1030. "He cannot campaign though within 150 feet."

Galvin said he gently reminded the Clinton campaign what the rules are.

"So we are being very clear with local election officials irrespective of his status, he cannot go inside a polling place and approach voters," Galvin said.

Galvin said there is a penalty, but they only take action in cases of "absolute disobedience."

"He was a good president so we just want to make sure that he knows the rules," Galvin said. "He's not from here so he may not know."

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