ADA — Pontotoc County Election Board personnel advise voters to go to the polls as early as possible next Tuesday.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Dec. 12 for the special county election. Any registered voter who is in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be able to vote. Voters can expect lines at most polling places, but lines are likely to be shorter at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Voters are urged to take their Voter Identification Cards to the polls with them. Chances are they will not need them, but if there is a problem, having the card may help election officials resolve it.

Voters may call the County Election Board office before election day if they have any questions about their eligibility or the location of polling places.

A valid marking — a filled-in arrow — is shown on posters at the polling place and inside the voting booths. An illustration of a valid marking also is printed at the top of the ballot card.

If you have questions about how to mark your ballot to insure that it is counted correctly, ask Precinct Officials.

If you make a mistake marking your ballot, don’t try to correct it. Take the spoiled ballot back to Precinct Officials. They will destroy it and give you a new one.

After marking the ballot, the voter should go to the voting device and insert the ballot into the voting device.

The voting device can read the ballot regardless of the direction it is inserted — face up or down, top first or bottom first. If the voting device is unable to detect any valid marking on the ballot, or if the voting device detects too many valid markings for a single office or question, it immediately returns the ballot to the voter. It also prints a message explaining the problem. The Precinct Officials will issue a new ballot to the voter, if necessary, if either of these problems occurs.

The County Election Board personnel said that election law violations would be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities. It’s unlawful to electioneer within 300 feet of a ballot box.

Other election law violations include: disclosing how one voted within the election enclosure; removing a ballot form the polling place or taking a ballot into the polling place; and taking intoxicating liquors with half a mile of a polling place. It also is unlawful for anyone other voters waiting to vote and election officials to be within 50 feet of a ballot box during election.

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