Taking Selfie Of Your Vote or Ballot Is A Crime In Florida

October 26, 2016

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After a seemingly endless Presidential campaign it is finally time to begin voting!  It is such proud moment and perhaps you wish to remember the occasion by taking a selfie or perhaps taking a picture of your sample ballot and refer to it in the voting booth.  Sadly, it is a crime in Florida and 17 other states to take a photograph either in a polling place or of a mail-in ballot.  Yep, no photographs on your ballot, no photos in the polling room and no photos of your mail-in ballot. In fact, Justin Timberlake is in hot water for taking a selfie Monday voting in his home state of Tennessee, which also prohibits photos in polling rooms, where he could face a $50 fine and 30 days in jail. 21 states and the District of Columbia have no laws or rescinded laws making it a crime to take a photo of your ballot or where you vote.  And it doesn't appear the Florida law will be changed any time soon in keeping up with changing technology and attitudes about photos. 

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SOURCE: Vox &  Florida Legislature

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