Political mailer raises questions about Election Day rules

One political mailer is raising questions about what is and is not allowed inside the voting booth.

Tristan Nenna is accustomed to receiving plenty of information from candidates during election season. But, one document stands out.

"I thought it was kind of odd because it says it is legal to take this non-partisan voting guide into voting booth," Nenna said.

Nenna refers to a voter guide pamphlet delivered to his door. It shows support for mostly GOP candidates, according to Nenna.

"I think it is misleading," he said.

To Nenna, the idea of bringing such a document into a voting booth brings worry.

"This is not a personal note you write to yourself to remind yourself who you want to vote for," Nenna said.

Newscenter 16 reached out to the St. Joseph County election board to clear up the confusion. It turns out voting guides are permitted, with some restrictions.

"You are able to take any information into booth with you for referrals," said Rita Glenn, chief deputy clerk for the county. "You can take that in with you for personal use."

But, the moment a voter tries to pass such information to others -- he or she is in violation of Indiana code.

"The one thing that we do ask of a voter is that if you have info like that, keep it to yourself," Glenn said.

Political shirts supporting specific candidates or parties are not allowed at the polling locations. Also, political stickers must be removed or covered up.


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