Ballot selfies: Allowed or not?

You probably already know who you're voting for on Election Day. Now one more question: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot?

Sates develop laws on ballot selfies.
Associated Press

(AP) – You probably already know who you’re voting for on Election Day. Now one more question: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot?

Laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters can legally take “ballot selfies.” Those are pictures of themselves in the act of voting or of their ballots.

First News looked into it, and this is how Ohio and Pennsylvania are handling it: Voters are allowed to take a photo of themselves voting, but a Pennsylvania law prohibits someone from letting it be known how they plan to vote. Ohio has a longstanding prohibition against voters letting their ballot be seen with the “apparent intention” of letting it be known how they are about to vote. The state elections chief has advised local election boards to consult their own attorneys about how to apply the law.

NATIONWIDE LAWS ON BALLOT SELFIES

Federal judges have struck down bans on selfies in at least two states, and rules have changed in others. But in many states, taking a picture of your ballot still carries potential fines or jail terms.

Twenty-six-year-old Clarissa Livingstone, of Toms River, New Jersey, says she doesn’t believe people would be influenced by seeing ballot photos she or anyone else might post.

She says “they’re not going to change their votes once they see how some Jersey girl voted.”

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