No shirt, no shoes = no service, except at the polls

Published: Aug. 1, 2011 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2011 at 1:05 AM CDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Monday was a busy day for the Harrison County Election Commission Office as poll workers filed in collecting supply boxes for primary day.

"We've been handing out poll boxes since 8 o'clock this morning. They've been coming one by one and getting them, signing up and hauling them out," said Renick Taylor with the Election Commission Office in Harrison County.

With 132 poll boxes picked up, the only thing left to do is vote, and commission office workers say following a few simple steps will guarantee a smooth voting process.

"You've got to be registered to vote and you've got to be in the precinct where you're registered in order to vote," Taylor said.

It's also a good idea to stay calm. Unruly conduct is a sure way to get yourself cast out of the voting area.

"Being belligerent, upsetting the peace, campaigning where you shouldn't be. Basically if you're doing anything wrong, the bailiff in the poll is going to come talk to you. If you get obnoxious, you're going to get thrown out."

As far as attire is concerned, voters are encouraged to 'come as you are,' but that's only if you're not wearing any apparel promoting any candidates.

"No political material, no t-shirts. The signs for political candidates have to be 150 feet from the door. If anyone comes in with hats or t-shirts, they'll have to go change. No political paraphernalia at all," said Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker.

"We can't disenfranchise people who don't wear shoes," Taylor said. "Anybody who doesn't have shoes on, you're still free to vote. There's no dress code. Just wear clothes."

Another thing to be careful about is talking to people as they vote. Voting is considered a private matter, so interfering with the voting process in any way could get you kicked out.

Now, if you're not sure where you should go to vote, each precinct will have a list and they'll be able to tell you whether or not you're in the right place, or where you should go.

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