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Texas election code deems polls selfie-free zones

'I voted' selfies will have to wait until you're outside the polling station. (Source: KLTV Staff) 'I voted' selfies will have to wait until you're outside the polling station. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The Texas election code restricts candidate endorsements within 100 feet of a voting location. (Source: CNN Wire) The Texas election code restricts candidate endorsements within 100 feet of a voting location. (Source: CNN Wire)
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -
Early voting is scheduled to begin in East Texas on Monday, and election officials urge voters to take the time to vote and avoid the rush on election day.
 
Officials warn there are some strict rules of conduct at polling places.
 
Ballot locations have always had restrictions like no campaigning or candidate endorsements within 100 feet of a voting location, simple rules voters need to know.
 
"You can't wear any t-shirts or paraphernalia, hand-outs, anything, with election material. If you're not registered, it won't count. You must first be registered to vote," says Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy. 

Conversation among voters is monitored.

"Our workers have been instructed that they need to control the conversations. If they become political inside the polling place, because that too would be considered electioneering," Nealy said.

According to the State of Texas election code: a person may not use a wireless communication device within 100 feet of a voting station; a person may also not use any mechanical device or electronic means of recording images or sound within 100 feet of a voting station.

"You will have to turn off and put away your cell phone when you enter the polling place, Nealy said.

That means no Snapchat, no Instagram, no selfies.
 
"You can't record or take a photo of anybody voting, and that is to protect the voters and their privacy," Nealy says.
 
It's all about keeping the integrity of the voting process, and people who violate these rules may be required to leave.
 
Nealy said the rules should be followed, and voters should take advantage of early voting.
 
"We are being flooded with requests for application for mail ballots. If you wait until election day, you will wait in line; there is no way around it," she says.
 
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