Florence, South Carolina 2020-10-30 06:46:51 –
(NEXSTAR) – In the flood of early voting and long voting lines in 2020, people may be particularly excited to share a “voting selfie”. However, depending on where you live, it’s a good idea to rethink your social post.
In some states, sharing completed ballots on social media is illegal. Although permitted in some states, the rules are not clear in some states because the wording of the law does not explicitly prohibit posting on social media.
The issue came when singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake flew from California to Tennessee to vote, then posted his image on Instagram’s voting booth and questioned the possibility of illegality. It became a national topic.
Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of where and where you aren’t allowed to post photos of completed ballots.
Alabama: unknown. Alabama election officials say they are not allowed to use the phone to take pictures inside the polling station. However, outside the polling place, “Voters may take pictures of their votes and vote as long as they do not disclose the content of the votes of other voters or interfere with the voting process. ..
Alaska: No. Although it is not allowed to share photos of marked ballots, election authorities have admitted that it is not practical to enforce the rules.
Arizona: unknown. State law does not allow photography within 75 feet of the polling place, but does not support marked absentee ballots.
Arkansas: Yes. Voting selfies are legal in Arkansas, according to a 2018 report from AP.
California: Yes. In 2016, the section on election codes that ban voting selfies was abolished.
Colorado: Yes. Voting selfies are fine after the 2017 state bill changed the election code.
Connecticut: Yes. There is no law in Connecticut that prohibits voting selfies.
Delaware: unknown. State law does not specifically deal with voting selfies, but prohibits mobile phones from participating in voting booths.
Florida: No. Under Florida law, it is illegal to allow voters to “make their ballots visible to everyone.”
Georgia: No. Under Georgia law, it is illegal to take pictures of ballots or ballots.
Hawaii: Yes. Voting selfies are protected by law.
Idaho: Yes. There is no current law prohibiting voting selfies.
Illinois: No, absolutely not. Sharing your marked ballot with others is a felony of one to three years in prison.
Indiana: Yes. Judges opposed a 2015 bill that would make it illegal to take images of ballots marked for sharing on social media, and in 2016 clarified how voters would take their own ballots. ..
Iowa: unknown. The answer is yes, but polling stations are not allowed to “wander, rally, obstruct, interfere” with other voters.
Kansas: Yes. Kansas law does not allow “unauthorized voting disclosure,” but it is understood that the law applies to voting workers and electoral authorities, the state’s election director said.
Kentucky: Yes. State law only prohibits the recording of other voters and does not prohibit selfies.
Louisiana: Yes. The AP reported in 2018 that voting selfies are legal in Louisiana, but only if they are not marked.
Main: Yes. Authorities have said they “strongly advise” it, but posting images of marked ballots is not prohibited.
Maryland: unknown. “You can’t use mobile phones, pagers, cameras, or computer equipment at early voting centers or polling stations,” the State Election Commission said. In Maryland, it’s not illegal to share a photo of a marked absentee ballot, according to a representative of the State Election Commission. “But that can jeopardize the secrets of your vote.”
Massachusetts: No. State law prohibits anyone from viewing ballot markings for purposes not permitted by law. Penalties may include imprisonment of up to 6 months or a fine of up to $ 100.
Michigan: Yes. Voters in Michigan can take a picture of the ballot before leaving the polling place.
Minnesota: Yes. Do not show images to other voters at the polling place or take pictures of others while you are there.
Mississippi: No. According to a 2020 press release, voters are not allowed to take pictures of marked ballots.
Missouri: unknown. It’s okay to post a photo of the ballot, but if it’s marked, CNN will report it.
Montana: Yes. Sharing marked voting photos on social media does not violate Montana law.
Nebraska: Yes. In 2016, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a bill to legalize voting selfies.
Nevada: No. State law prohibits voting selfies at polling stations. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, absentee ballots are similarly restricted.
New Hampshire: Yes. Voting selfies remain legal even after the Supreme Court has decided not to consider state appeals over bans that several judges have found unconstitutional.
New Jersey: No. New Jersey voters may not share photos of marked ballots.
New Mexico: Yes. Voting selfies have become legal in New Mexico.
New York: No. Showing the completed ballot to others violates state rules created in the 19th century to prevent ballot delays.
North Carolina: No. It doesn’t matter if you vote absentee or directly. Do not vote in North Carolina.
North Dakota: Yes. There is no specific law prohibiting voting selfies unless it interferes with the operation of the polling place.
Ohio: No. Voting selfies are illegal under Ohio law.
Oklahoma: Yes. Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill in 2019 to lift the ballot selfie ban, but social media photos taken “in the election enclosure” are not allowed.
Oregon: Yes. All ballots are conducted by Oregon mail, where residents are free to take pictures of ballots.
Pennsylvania: Unclear – The county can set its own policy for voting selfies. According to the guidance on the Secretary of State’s website, voters can only take selfies of their votes if mobile phones are allowed, but “post voting selfies on social media after leaving the polling place. We recommend that you wait until. “
Rhode Island: Yes, voting selfies are legal on Rhode Island.
South Carolina: No, state law prohibits anyone from showing their ballots to others. The use of cameras in the voting booth is prohibited.
South Dakota: No, voters are allowed to “publish an official vote after being marked by someone in a way that reveals the content of the official vote or the name of the candidate who marked the vote.” not.
Tennessee: unknown. Voters are not allowed to take pictures or record videos at polling stations, but state law does not apply to mail voting.
Texas: unknown. Texas law does not allow wireless communications and recording devices within 100 feet of the polling place, but does not specifically support voting by mail.
Utah: Yes. Although the law changed in 2015 to allow selfies of votes, it is still a misdemeanor to shoot someone else’s vote.
Vermont: Yes. There is no word to ban voting selfies.
Virginia: Yes. Voting selfies are allowed in Virginia, but election observers are not allowed to take pictures or videos inside the polling station.
Washington: Yes. Voting SELPHY is legal, but it is not legal to display someone else’s vote “for purposes prohibited by law, such as buying a vote.”
Washington DC: Yes. However, electoral authorities are asking voters to respect the privacy and anonymity of others in voting.
West Virginia: unknown. Direct voting selfies at polling stations are not allowed, but there is no specific language that prohibits absentee voting selfies.
Wisconsin: No. “It is illegal to show a marked ballot to others or mark a ballot so that it can be identified as a ballot.”
Wyoming: Yes, unless polls cause confusion. Wyoming law does not prohibit voting selfies, but allows election judges to maintain order.