Things to remember before voting today

Ponca City Now - June 24, 2014 6:57 am

Today is the primary election, which is serious business. Your votes today will decide which candidates make it on the ballot in November. And since this is such serious business there are rules that are punishable by law. Cheryl Howard, Kay County Election Board Secretary said if there is electioneering they will contact the District Attorney’s office immediately.

“There can be no electioneering in the polling place, around the polling place or within 300 feet of the polling place," Howard said. "If there is a yard sign or something, it has be be at least 300 feet away from the polling device.”

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary electioneering is defined as taking an active part in an election. Specifically to work for the election of a candidate or party. Electioneering dates back to 1760 and is still a punishable offense to this day. Howard said there are all forms of electioneering, not just the use of signs.

“You should not wear campaign literature, so a T-shirt with a campaign slogan, a hat, a jacket," Howard said. "You should not talk about candidates in the voting enclosure. You can not talk about candidates or campaigns of any kind. No campaign information of any kind at the polling place or within 300 feet of it.”

It’s also against the law to take any alcohol within one-half mile of the polling place or to disclose how you voted within the election enclosure. As well as, removing a ballot from the polling place or to carry one in. will be your place for results, they will be posted as soon as possible.


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