Posting ballot selfies: Personal choice or illegal act?

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - You probably already know who you're voting for on Election Day. Now one more question: Is it OK to take a picture of your ballot?

Laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters can legally take "ballot selfies." Those are pictures of themselves in the act of voting or of their ballots.

Federal judges have struck down bans on selfies in at least two states, and rules have changed in others. But in many states, taking a picture of your ballot still carries potential fines or jail terms.

Under Section 7-25-100 of South Carolina's "Offenses Against the Elections Laws," it says it is unlawful in any election for a voter to:

  • allow his ballot to be seen by a person, except as provided by law;
  • place a mark upon his ballot by which it may be identified;
  • endeavor to induce a voter to show how he marks or has marked his ballot; or
  • aid or attempt to aid a voter by means of any mechanical device in marking his ballot. 

To view all of South Carolina's "Offenses Against the Elections Laws," click here

Twenty-six-year-old Clarissa Livingstone, of Toms River, New Jersey, says she doesn't believe people would be influenced by seeing ballot photos she or anyone else might post.

For questions regarding this topic, check with the South Carolina Election Commission.

She says "they're not going to change their votes once they see how some Jersey girl voted."

 

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