“Ballot Selfies” Present Debate for Lawmakers and Social Media Captivated Voters

If you’re thinking about posting a picture of yourself and your recently cast ballot in an upcoming election you may want to think again. 44 states currently have laws in place preventing public display of a cast ballot. A U.S. District Court in New Hampshire is in the news of late considering the principle of their recently updated law on “ballot selfies”. The law was updated last year to include the following phrase, “taking a digital image or photograph of his or her ballot and distributing or sharing the image via social media or by any other means." Officials say the law has been revised to impede vote buying and voter fraud.

In the most recent New Hampshire election several individuals posted ballot selfies in direct opposition and protest to the law. Of those was a New Hampshire state representative from the 7th District. Currently, violation of New Hampshire’s voter law can result in a $1000 fine. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is the chief organization behind revoking the law. They argue that sharing your ballot is a measure of free speech and not a new attempt to sell votes in any way. Ballot selfies present a particular challenge to enforce, and there’s no doubt that future voting selfies will appear online with a new generation of young and tech friendly voters entering the arena in forthcoming elections.

For more information from the original source of this post, view the NHPR article here.

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