With the rise of social media and a constant need to photograph oneself even during the most innocuous of occasions, secrecy in the voting booth is fast becoming a thing of the past.
Laws across the country are not consistent on whether voters are allowed to take selfies while voting. A person can get a stint in jail plus a fine if he snaps a picture in a state where ballot selfies are deemed illegal.
Here’s a list to help you find out which states allow selfies during voting:
Connecticut: There are no bans that disallow selfies but election moderators can stop activity that they think “threatens the orderly process of voting or the privacy of another voter's ballot.”
District of Columbia: There’s no ban but photographs while voting are discouraged.
Hawaii: A recent law allows voters to snap a photo of their marked ballots.
Idaho: No ban
Indiana: A federal judge axes a new law prohibiting ballot selfies.
Kentucky: The secretary of state’s office frequently tells county clerks the law does not ban selfies.
Louisiana: Secretary of State Tom Schedler says OK to selfies though he is not a fan.
Maine: There’s no ban but photographs while voting are discouraged.
Minnesota: Photos are allowed as long as they do not show fellow voters
Montana: Law does not prohibit cameras but election administrator and judges have authority to limit disruptive activity.
Nebraska: Ballot selfies became allowed in April.
New Hampshire: the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld that it was unconstitutional to ban selfies.
North Dakota: Allowed
Oregon: Voters are free to photograph mail-in ballots
Rhode Island: the new rule to allow selfies came just in time for the November elections.
Utah: Governor Gary Herbert approved a bill that legalizes selfies last year, but photographing someone else’s ballot is a misdemeanor.
Vermont: No specific rules regarding photos in polling places.
Virginia: Ballot selfies are legal in Virginia
Washington State: It’s not against the law but Secretary of State Kim Wyman says it is not recommended.
Wyoming: No laws against photographs in polling places.
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