No photography allowed inside NCFL voting locations

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Thinking of snapping a selfie while casting your vote this election? You may want to think again.

While photography isn't allowed inside the polls, there are some exceptions when it comes to using your cell phone.

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office asks voters to silence their phones before heading inside.

This is a slight change from their policy from last year that asked voters to turn their phones off completely.

So what happens if you bring out your cell phone to check a text message or to Google something?

According to Florida Statute 102.031, no photography is permitted in the polling room or early voting area.

The statute does not mention specific rules relating to phones.

"Our interpretation of that statute is that voters are welcome to have their phones in there they just can't use it to take pictures,” TJ Pyche, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office Director of Outreach, said.

The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office also discourages voters from talking on the phone inside the voting location.

BUT if you forgot the name of the candidate you were voting for, it's okay to check.

"We just want to make sure that voters have what they need in order to be prepared when they're going into the polling room and being able to have their cell phone now is definitely something we think will help them,” Pyche said.

In Marion County, the Supervisor of Elections says there's "no real repercussion" if you break the rules but they do want to discourage talking on the phone and taking pictures.

"If they are taking pictures then a poll worker will come over to them and ask them to stop,” Pyche said.

The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office says they prefer people not use their phones but it's difficult to stop someone.

Early voting ends Saturday, November 3rd.