6 things not to do at the polls

Michael Blackwood, Staff Writer

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Photo courtesy of Elliott Stallion, unsplash.com

The Presidential election is coming up soon, and many college students will be voting for the first time. It's easy to be confused by what to do and what not to do. According to Josiah Ecarma, who has worked at a polling station before, there are six things that people often do wrong.

1. Show up without a photo ID.

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Photo courtesy of Michael Blackwood

In South Carolina, a valid state issued photo ID, drivers license, or military ID is required to vote.

2. Leave without confirming every prompt.

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Graphic courtesy of Michael Blackwood

For those using electronic voting booths, the voting machine will ask for a confirmation two or three times before it is completed and your vote is cast.

3. Ask the poll workers about their political views.

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Photo courtesy of Tamera Menzi, unsplash.com

Come to polls with your own opinions and views, the poll workers are not allowed to discuss their own.

4. Bring in campaign paraphernalia.

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Graphic courtesy of Michael Blackwood

Leave your Trump and Hillary shirts at home. In South Carolina, you will be asked to cover any campaign paraphernalia that you are wearing, and could even be asked to go home and change before voting.

5. Go to the wrong precinct.

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Image courtesy of Michael Blackwood

Make sure to check which precinct you are registered for before going to vote. If you are unsure, you can check here.

6. Use your phone in the voting booth.

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Photo courtesy of Carl Bradshaw

In South Carolina it is illegal to take a picture of a ballot or to talk while in the voting booth, so it is best to refrain from using a cell phone at all while in the booth.