Posting Ballot Photos Illegal?: DNews Nuggets

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Posting Ballots to Social Media May Be Illegal: Voter intimidation might seem like something that would never happen you, but due to a history of intimidation on election day the laws are strict regarding photography and video at polling places. Simply taking a photo of your ballot might violate the law in the state which you live, reports The Atlantic, the Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) and Mother Jones.

"Photography and video can be critically important to document the election process and to preserve a record of any procedural improprieties and interference with voter rights. At the same time, however, voting is a very private matter, and attempts to record at the polling place are subject to strict regulation to safeguard voter privacy, protect against voter intimidation, and to ensure the proper functioning of the voting process," reads the CMLP website.

With social media, the voting process has become far more documented.

Additionally, said the CMLP website, "states like Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas expressly prohibit the use of photographic and recording equipment inside polling places." Which means if you take a photo of your ballot and post it online you're violating federal law and could be removed the the polling place and subject to "serious criminal penalties." Not to mention in some states you might have completely invalidated your ballot by simply photographing it.

Sharing has become a huge part of our national conversation around politics, but just because you want to share doesn't mean you can. Be discreet, be vigilant, be respectful and know the laws in your state before you open your camera app. via CMLP

Check out this guide on the Citizen Media Law Project, and read this post on the Atlantic for more information.

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