Taking A Selfie In The Voting Booth Might Be Illegal

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nowadays we document our lives online—sharing everything from a meal at a trendy restaurant to the birth of a new child with a selfie posted to social media. So snapping a quick pic of you and your ballot at the voting booth to show off your civic pride might sound like a fun idea. Doing so, however, could possibly get you in big trouble: laws in many states ban photography at polling places.

What is legal

Laws about photography at polling places vary widely from state to state, and enforcement is spotty everywhere that such laws exist. In Washington State, where most voting is done by mail-in ballot, there are no restrictions at all. Until recently, California law prohibited any voter from showing his or her ballot to another person after marking it, but had never prosecuted anyone for publishing a photo of their marked ballot.