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Election Day Do's and Don'ts for Georgia

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. (Source:WALB) Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. (Source:WALB)
Ginger Nickerson, Supervisor of Elections (Source:WALB) Ginger Nickerson, Supervisor of Elections (Source:WALB)
Voters may not use their phones while inside a polling place. (Source:WALB) Voters may not use their phones while inside a polling place. (Source:WALB)
Be prepared to wait to cast your ballot. (Source:WALB) Be prepared to wait to cast your ballot. (Source:WALB)
The polls close in Georgia at 7:00 p.m. (Source:WALB) The polls close in Georgia at 7:00 p.m. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

For the Georgians who've waited to cast their ballots on Election Day, there's some information that you should keep in mind when you visit your polling place.

First, leave the phones alone.

"Basically we request that they silence them if they're not going to turn them off because that's important that you don't want it to ring and we don't want you to answer it,” Dougherty Co. Elections Supervisor said.

It's against the law to use a cell phone inside a voting precinct, that includes using your camera phone so no selfies while you cast your ballot.

"We strongly encourage you to post the peach, but we ask that you do it outside or vehicle or home," Nickerson said.

And be mindful what you wear when you go to cast your vote.

Nickerson said to support your candidate of choice with your vote and not with what you wear.

"No hats, no t-shirts that means none to come with future president advertising," Nickerson added.

Clothes with a candidate's name is considered a form of campaigning which is not allowed within 150 feet of the precincts.

" And what we'll simply do is ask those individuals to turn their T-shirts inside out. We'll excuse them to the [restroom] and take the hats off,” Nickerson added.

But you are allowed to bring notes.

Nickerson mentioned that voters are allowed to enter with a sheet of paper to use as notes, but note takers are not allowed to share that information with any of the other voters.

And once you cast your vote, don't plan to stick around.

"As far as an individual just sticking around, no that is not permitted by the law. Even a candidate is not allowed to stick around. They are allowed to go inside the precinct where they vote at and leave,” Nickerson said.

Each party has designated poll watchers that are allowed at the precincts. Those individuals have specific instructions and are not allowed to converse with voters.

The polls are open in Georgia until 7:00 p.m.

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