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Voting? Be careful with your cell phone

Published: Oct. 24, 2016 at 5:47 AM CDT
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Whether you're voting in advance or on election day, you will need to bring a photo ID.

Another thing to keep in mind when you head to the polls, election officials say you are allowed to bring your cell phone, but using it in a voting booth can range from an annoyance, to a felony.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says talking on your phone is a distraction for other voters. And, while selfies after your vote are okay, just make sure you don't take pictures of your actual ballot.

The Secretary of State's office came up with the law, which makes it a felony to take a picture of your (or anyone's) completed ballot.

The election office is setting up special areas for voters to take selfies.

"We are encouraging people to go ahead and take a selfie saying 'I voted'," Lehman told us. "and what we are providing away from the actual voting area is we have these signs we made so people can hold the sign up and take their selfie and it says 'I voted, have you?' It's just something fun that people can use to encourage their friends to come out and vote, put on their social media."

If you want to take a picture outside of those areas, you should ask one of the election workers beforehand just to be sure.