Mad Berners accuse Bill Clinton of ruining Super Tuesday

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Clinton Campaigns In Mass. On Super Tuesday

If you listen to furious Bernie Sanders die-hards, Bill Clinton, former POTUS, is running around America waging a one-man war on our democracy. Mr. Clinton was out on the trail for his wife on Super Tuesday and caused an mini-uproar when he strayed too close to a polling station.

Bill was alongside Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday, greeting election workers and voters at the Holy Name Church, located in West Roxbury, Boston, according to MassLive. At the polling station, Clinton reportedly spoke with voters, posed for photos, smooched an old woman and purchased a cup of coffee. When a woman asked for a photo inside the polling station, Clinton said, "As long as we're not violating any election laws."

But perhaps he was! Massachusetts law prohibits vote solicitation within 150 feet of a polling station. Many claim, however, that Clinton, who visited four polling stations in the eastern part of the state on Tuesday, was much closer than that during some of his visits.

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Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2016 3/31/16 Former United States President Bill Clinton campaigns in support of his wife - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - at the headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 37 (AFSCME DC 37). (NYC)
NEWTON, MA - MARCH 1: President Bill Clinton greets people at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., during Massachusetts primary voting on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEWTON, MA - MARCH 1: President Bill Clinton greets people at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., during Massachusetts primary voting on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEWTON, MA - MARCH 1: President Bill Clinton greets people at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., during Massachusetts primary voting on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEWTON, MA - MARCH 1: President Bill Clinton greets people at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., during Massachusetts primary voting on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEWTON, MA - MARCH 1: President Bill Clinton greets people at the Newton Free Library in Newton, Mass., during Massachusetts primary voting on March 1, 2016. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
RIVIERA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: President Bill Clinton campaigns for Hillary Clinton at Port of Palm Beach on February 15, 2016 in Riviera Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 08: Former U.S. president Bill Clinton speaks during a 'Get Out The Vote Clinton Family Event' for democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Manchester Community College on February 8, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. With one day to go before the New Hampshire primaries, Hillary Clinton continues to campaign throughout the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, left to right, speaks as her husband Bill Clinton, former U.S. president, and their daughter Chelsea Clinton look on during a primary night event in Hooksett, New Hampshire, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Clinton congratulated Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, on his victory in her concession speech in Hooksett and vowed to battle on, saying she knows how to get results voters are demanding. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton embrace during a campaign stop Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Hudson, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16 - Former President Bill Clinton reaches for a hand after a campaign event as he helps promote his wife, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
Former President Bill Clinton greets supporters at a campaign office for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Ankeny, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Bill Clinton, former U.S. President and husband of Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, center, takes a 'selfie' photographs after speaking at a campaign rally at Exeter Town Hall in Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. After spending the first eight months of his wifes candidacy behind the scenes, advising and fundraising out of sight of voters and the media, the never-shy former president is upping his level of public engagement starting today. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16 - Chelsea Clinton listens as her father, former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event as they help promote his wife, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16 - Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event along with his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, as they help promote his wife, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 15: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets guests after speaking at a campaign event for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at Marshalltown Community College on January 15, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and their surrogates have been making appearances at events across Iowa to build support in advance of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. (Photo by Charles Ledford/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, right, stands on stage with husband Bill Clinton, former U.S. president, at the conclusion of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. With Vice President Joe Biden officially out of the presidential race, the nation's first nominating contest between front-runner Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining steam, according to a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Former president of the United States Bill Clinton delivers his speech during a commemorative rally in memory of late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, at Rabin Square in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on October 31, 2015. The rally is part of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of Rabin's killing by a right-wing Jewish extremist. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Bill Clinton, former U.S. President and husband of Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, arrives to speak during a rally ahead of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Clinton's odds of winning the Democratic presidential nomination are now at or near an all-time high, according to prediction markets PredictWise, Pivit, and PredictIt. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton greets a visitor to Newbo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, before speaking at a campaign stop for his wife Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton at the National Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton wears a shirt reading "Bill for First Lady" before a speech by Clinton during a campaign event at Broward College, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former US President Bill Clinton hug after she officially launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination during a speech at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island June 13, 2015 in New York. Hillary Clinton announced Saturday she was running for president for all Americans, unveiling a progressive platform promising to promote equal opportunity and fight for a beleaguered middle class. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: People cheer after Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage with her husband former president Bill Clinton after her official kickoff rally at the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan on June 13, 2015 in New York City. The long awaited speech at a historical location associated with the values Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined in his 1941 State of the Union address, is the Democratic the candidateÃs attempt to define the issues of her campaign to become the first female president of the United States. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: People cheer as Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage with her husband former president Bill Clinton after her official kickoff rally at the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan on June 13, 2015 in New York City. The long awaited speech at a historical location associated with the values Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined in his 1941 State of the Union address, is the Democratic the candidateÃs attempt to define the issues of her campaign to become the first female president of the United States. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 2016 3/31/16 Former United States President Bill Clinton campaigns in support of his wife - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - at the headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 37 (AFSCME DC 37). (NYC)
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton makes remarks at the Hillary Victory Fund "I'm With Her" benefit concert for his wife, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at Radio City Music Hall in the Manhattan borough of New York City, March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Irate Bernie Sanders supporters have taken to support pages and chatrooms in order to raise awareness of what they're calling blatant vote obstruction by the former president—with the kind of fervor that usually comes from people whose candidate is losing.

"He is blocking access to the polling stations, and is definitely not in compliance with the law barring campaign activities from taking place on election days at polling stations," wrote Kayla Farrell, a Democratic activist from Clark County, Washington, in a petition being passed around on the Bernie Builders Slack channel, which counts more than 3,300 members, Tuesday afternoon. "It's the traffic jam his presence is creating that's keeping people from voting."

Farrell's petition also shared the experience of a Sanders voter in New Bedford who claimed to have experienced similar difficulty in approaching polling stations during Clinton's visit. Meanwhile, Boston Magazine reported on Clinton also visiting the Newton Free Library, another polling station.

On Reddit, Sanders backers posted photos, videos and Google Maps locations in an effort to show Bill Clinton had broken the law. The forum, Sanders For President, even got a hashtag off the ground: #MoveBillGetOutTheWay.

Admitting there might have technically been a rule broken, Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin told the New York Times on Tuesday that, "We had to remind some of our poll workers that even a president can't go inside and work a polling place."

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