ballot selfie


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ballot selfie

A photo of a person holding a filled-in, written voting ballot that is shared on social media. A ballot selfie is taken to express one's political beliefs. However, in 2014, the state of New Hampshire made it illegal, claiming people could sell their votes and prove how they voted. The ballot selfie ban was considered downright silly, and it was struck down in 2015 both by a federal judge in New Hampshire and by the Supreme Court as part of a different free speech case. See selfie.
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103) The court reasoned that the innocent voter who wished to post a ballot selfie to broadcast how they chose to vote was more likely to be harmed by the New Hampshire law than anyone participating in a vote-buying scheme.
Indiana's ballot selfie law met a similar fate to the New Hampshire law at the district court level.
118) Similarly, a recently signed law in California legalizes the ballot selfie.
132) As the courts explained, these arguments are unpersuasive given that neither state could offer any evidence linking ballot selfie posts to vote buying or coercion.
Elections scholars disagree whether legalizing ballot selfies will result in fraud, but there's little doubt the court's decision will lead to significant changes.
You cannot take a ballot selfie in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
It's against the law to take ballot selfies - or, for that matter, any picture of your ballot, whether it's absentee or at the polling place - in 18 states, (http://abcnews.
In the era of "pics or it didn't happen," ballot selfies are ridiculously tempting.
Snapchat itself got involved in a lawsuit concerning the legality of ballot selfies in New Hampshire earlier this year.
Texas law, however, does not set out criminal penalties for those who take ballot selfies or otherwise violate the ban on such recording devices.
Laws applying to ballot selfies are mixed across the country.
Bottom Line: Ballot selfies are illegal in Texas - if you're voting in person.