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Nov 2, 2016 11:20 AM

You can bring your gun to NH polls on Tuesday, but leave your Trump hat at home


As Election Day nears, there are several things New Hampshire voters should know, but some of them have nothing to do with the names and questions on the ballot.


In New Hampshire, it is legal to open carry, which means guns can be brought into a polling place, but if that polling place is a school, you may need a permit. The state requires permits to carry a concealed weapon and a federal act, the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, allows "criminal penalties for the possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone" with some exceptions.

Campaign materials

You will need to leave any campaign items outside your polling place. A new law in New Hampshire prohibits anyone from wearing articles of clothing "intended to influence the action of the voter within the building" at a polling place. Previously, candidates and campaign workers had not been allowed to distribute or post materials inside polling places. This law, RSA 659:43, which went into effect June 24, takes those efforts a step further, said David Scanlan, deputy secretary of state.

Scanlan said moderators at the polls can ask anyone wearing clothing, pins or stickers in relation to a candidate to remove them. Anyone who chooses not to remove one of those items will still be allowed to vote, but that person will be reported to the Attorney General's office and could be fined $1,000.

Ballot Selfies

The federal First Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a law banning ballot selfies is unconstitutional.

READ: Ban on ballot selfies in NH denied due to First Amendment rights

However, Scanlan said that posting that photo of who you voted for online before that ballot is placed inside the ballot box would still violate state law. That violation also could lead to a $1,000 fine.

NH1 News asked Scanlan if that meant the popular service Facebook Live also would be found illegal under state law. While Scanlan said he is not familiar with the video service, he said showing the ballot before it's cast in this case also would violate state law.

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