The Do’s and Don’ts of voting at the polls

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Nov. 3, 2020, is going to look a lot different when compared to previous election days.

Nonetheless, certain rules will still apply to voters, whether before Election Day or on the day itself.

“The mandate in Alabama is that you’re not allowed to remain in the polling place after you have completed your voting process,” Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport said. “So we’re going to encourage you, whatever you are wearing, to get into the poll, participate in the process by voting, casting your ballot, and then to immediately leave the poll.”

Alabama, unlike other states, does not have limitations on what people can wear to the polls when it comes to political merchandise.

Many other states will not let citizens vote if wearing any political paraphanalia, like shirts, buttons, or even masks.

“I think that may well have some first ammendment expression, freedom of speech, potential problems,” Davenport said. “Although in Alabama there is no restriction against that, you can wear anything you want to the polls to vote.”

Davenport also explained that you can bring in political literature but must take it with you when you leave or it will be thrown away.

Also that people campaigning on election day must be at least 30 feet away from the polls.

“There’s not much room for you to do that outside the polls and still be appropriately social distanced so I think it’s best that we get in and get out as quick as we can,” Davenport finished.

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