Groups want to head off potential poll problems

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A memo to Mississippi voters: Don't wear clothing endorsing a candidate. Bring identification just in case. And, if your vote is challenged, there are hotlines available for advice on voting rights.

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in a historic presidential election, as well as congressional and judicial races.

Several groups have taken steps they hope will head off potential election problems, including recruiting hundreds of attorneys to monitor polls and answer calls from confused voters.

Yumeka Rushing is director of the Protect the Vote 2008 campaign. She said she's concerned that many voters don't know that you can't wear campaign clothing to the polls. She's also worried about machines breaking down, making the wait time longer at the polls.

The hotline number is 1-888-601-VOTE.

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