New Election Day trend may be illegal

CINCINNATI – In the worlds of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and everything in-between, ‘selfies’ reign supreme.

But on Election Day, they could be getting a lot of Americans in trouble.

Thousands of people flocked to social media Tuesday to post "voter selfies."

But unlike posting images of yourself in a bathroom mirror, photographing yourself while inside the voting booth or filling out your ballot on Election Day might be illegal.

According to Yahoo News and Gizmodo, the laws vary by state.

According to Gizmodo, in Ohio it is illegal to exhibit a photo of any ticket or ballot which the elector intends to cast -- but it's unclear whether this law would only be applied before a ballot is cast.

However, Ohio law allows voters to use tablets or smartphones in polling places so they can research how they are voting, etc.

Kentucky, Florida, Nevada, Texas and West Virginia expressly prohibit the use of photographic and recording equipment inside polling places.

In New York, anyone who "keeps any memorandum of anything occurring within the booth; or directly or indirectly, reveals to another the name of any candidate voted for by such voter; or shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents" is guilty of a misdemeanor.

According to Gizmodo, Indiana has a specific statute governing media access to polls, but it is unclear whether those laws apply to non-media seeking to photograph and share a ballot.

In Wisconsin, posting photos of completed ballots on Facebook or Twitter constitutes election fraud and is a Class I felony.

In other states, like Wyoming and New Jersey, there are no laws against documenting your ballot.

To see a breakdown of each state’s law regarding Election Day “selfies,” CLICK HERE.

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