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You Can Bring a Cheat Sheet into the Voting Booth, but What to Wear? OH Really? Finds Answers

photos of early voting line at Summit County Board of Elections.
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Bill Rich, Chairman of the Summit County Board of Elections, says a 'cheat sheet' to help decide how to vote is permitted -- whether printed or on your phone.

In Ohio, campaigning is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place. But what about inside a polling place? We answer some listener questions submitted to WKSU’s “OH Really?”

There have been reports of people stopped by poll workers for wearing campaign attire in a polling place – or sometimes for wearing shirts with a message. Summit County Board of Elections Chairman Bill Rich says if that happens, a voter will be asked to cover up; or, if possible, turn the garment inside-out.

“It would something that advocates the election of a candidate or the candidates of a party. Or voting in favor of -- or against – a ballot issue.”

But he adds, “’Black Lives Matter’ is not considered electioneering, so it’s not prohibited within the early vote center.”

Another listener asks if you can bring a “cheat sheet” into the voting booth – and if it can be on your phone. Rich says cheat sheets are fine, whether electronic or printed.

Tonight at 6 p.m., join WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia and M.L. Schultze for a Facebook live session with election experts to answer your questions. Details are on Facebook.