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Here's how to take a ballot selfie and not get in trouble

by Noah Kulwin
Nov 8 2016, 7:00am

Voting is a right, but taking a voting selfie isn’t, depending on where you live. Just ask Justin Timberlake, whose early-voting selfie last month in Tennessee appeared to be in violation of state law.

Justin might not have faced any charges — he’s a celeb and did not have his ballot voided by the authorities — but we’re not all Justin. So here’s what you should know before you pose at your polling place:

  • Ballot selfies are likely to annoy poll workers, your friends, and the general public.
  • A lot of states are not so forward-looking with their voting booth Instagram policies, and if you don’t want to get in trouble and invalidate your vote like a schmuck, you should know the voter selfie laws of your state.
  • The Verge has a nifty tool that lets you check whether your state is progressive on the voter selfie issue.
  • California and New York, though otherwise pretty liberal, do not allow marked-ballot photos.
  • Don’t be rude to people who don’t know or don’t care about selfie law.
  • Here’s a helpful graphic:

Update: Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump, who apparently registered to vote after failing to do so before the New York Republican primary earlier this year, may have broken New York law this morning after he voted: He tweeted out a photo of his marked ballot. He deleted the post a few hours later.

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