Your voting booth selfie may be punishable by law.
State election boards spend vast sums to promote voter participation. Yet in 27 states, it seems we voters are not allowed to show images of ourselves actually 'doing it'.
It's seems like they think of voting some disgusting exercise akin passing bodily fluids. These voters are the best ambassadors for voter participation.
Some of the statutes are actually a misappropriate of laws to prevent counterfeit state documents. But it's completely asinine to think that selfie photos could ever fool an electronic voting machine. Most newspapers and even the election boards post a voided sample ballot weeks ahead of the election. How could a voter ever cause a public harm by sharing a selfie on social media?
Now, taking photos of someone else's private voting decisions is an obvious affront to that voter's privacy, and should not go unpunished.
New Hampshire's statutes were recently struck down in federal court. A federal appeals court said New Hampshire’s ban on voting booth selfies “is like burning down the house to roast the pig.” In a unanimous vote, a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court ruling that declared the state’s ban unconstitutional. It was the first time a federal appeals court considered the issue. A 2014 New Hampshire law criminalized voters snapping photos of their ballots and sharing them on social media. Such actions were punishable by a fine of up to $1,000. A federal judge blocked the law’s enforcement a year ago and the state appealed citing a need to discourage vote buying.
So much for the state motto of ; "Live Free Or Die".
I didn't want to believe this but, Oklahoma's laws are antiquated on this issue, but it appears that our statutes could be enforced in a prosecution!
So exposing your ballot is somehow akin to exposing your private parts? Thankfully you won't get labeled a sex offender (yet).
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...