Supervisor of Elections warns about playing Pokémon Go on Election Day

10News Pasco County newsroom reporter Casey Cumley shows you how playing the popular game at polling places could get you in trouble.

"They could be arrested," said Brian Corley.

Harsh words for playing a game, but Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley wants to avoid any distractions during this highly contentious election.

"Do not go into to an early voting area or Election Day polling place in search for an imaginary character on the Pokémon go app, can't stress that enough," said Corley.

The nation has been Pokémon Go crazy and for avid gamers the warning is a bit surprising.

"Actually I never gave that any thought at all," said seventeen-year-old Jared Granruth, who plays in his neighborhood and appreciates the early heads up.

"I think so because that might kind of tell them that they need to stay away from it and avoid getting in a situation that they wouldn't even know would arise any ways," said Granruth.

Kids say the rec center is a hot spot for what's called Pokémon stops. It also doubles as a voting precinct on Election Day so it might be a good idea to keep your distance.

"I understand what they're thinking because it's so big like right now and I think it is kind of smart to be aware," said Shane Reardon.

"I never thought hashtag Pokémon Go would be part of our poll worker training and explaining that to some of our senior citizen poll workers is going to be an interesting conversation," Corley said.

The law says only registered voters and poll workers are allowed inside a voting precinct, but there is also a 100-foot buffer from the entrance for no solicitation.

Corley said, "Whether that warrants no solicitation is questionable."

Corley doesn't expect any actual arrests to be made, but wants everyone to remember.

"There's many polls indicating that the leader of the free world, our next president, could come down to Florida," said Corley.

Bottom line, if you're a gamer don't disrupt the voting process.

If you have any questions about the laws surrounding polling stations on election day contact your local supervisor of elections office.
 


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