Can I Take A Picture With My Ballot? A State-By-State Guide

Posted: Oct 27 2016, 12:54pm CDT | by , Updated: Nov 6 2016, 9:38am CST, in News | Latest Political News

 

Can I Take a Picture with My Ballot? A State-By-State Guide
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For the last few weeks and in the next few weeks, the question of whether you are allowed to take photos in the voting booth will be widely debated. Justin Timberlake brought the question back into public view - even though there have been arguments for years - about if taking a photo while voting will get you in trouble. So are you allowed to take a photo of yourself casting a vote for Hillary or Donald this November? 

It isn't as simple as a "yes" or a "no."

Unfortunately, laws nationwide are quite mixed, so there is no one definite answer. Instead, you have to look at each of your state laws:

States Where You Can Take a Voting Selfie

 Connecticut: There are no bans, but election moderators do have discretion at prohibiting the activity.

District of Columbia: No ban, but people are discouraged from taking photos.

Hawaii: Voters may share images of their own ballots.

Idaho: No law banning ballot box selfies.

Indiana: Last year, a federal judge barred the state from enforcing a new law that would prohibit ballot selfies.

Kentucky: State Law does not allow people to record other voters, but they can record themselves.

Louisiana: Allowed to take voting selfies.

Maine: Discouraged, but there is not a ban against taking photos of market ballots.

Minnesota: Selfies are allowed at the ballot box as long as they do not capture another person in the photo. 

Montana: The law does not prohibit the use of cameras at polling places, but it should not be disruptive.

Nebraska: Selfies with the ballot box are allowed.

New Hampshire: Last month a court upheld that banning photos of ballots was unconstitutional.

North Dakota: Photos inside of a voting booth or polling place are allowed.

Oregon: You are allowed to take a photo of your ballot.

Rhode Island: You are allowed to take photos of your own ballot.

Utah: It is legal to take a photo of yourself with your ballot. However, it is a misdemeanor to take a photo of someone else's ballot.

Vermont: No current rules prohibiting selfies with ballots.

Virginia: Ballot selfies are legal according to Attorney General Mark Herring.

Washington State: Not recommended, but not illegal to take a selfie while voting.

Wyoming: No laws against ballot selfies.

States Where Ballot Selfies are Illegal

Alabama: No allowed because voters have "A right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private."

Alaska: While there is a state law against it, there is really no way to enforce it, according to the state.

Colorado: While they tried to overturn it, posting a ballot selfie is a misdemeanor.

Florida: This highly contested state does not allow photos inside polling places.

Georgia: No photos of ballots allowed.

Illinois: Law bans "knowingly" marking your ballot so that others can see - this includes photographs.

Kansas: Against state law to show a picture of an actual ballot.

Massachusetts: Taking a photo of your completed ballot is against the law, but there is no way to prevent it either.

Michigan: The law is currently under review, but right now it is illegal to take a picture with your vote.

Mississippi: Photos while voting are prohibited.

Nevada: Photos inside of polling places are only allowed by the media.

New Jersey: Law prohibits voters from showing their ballots to others, including selfies.

New Mexico: Illegal to take a photo with your vote.

New York: Showing your completed ballot is not allowed.

North Carolina: Photographing an official ballot is not allowed.

South Carolina: Law prohibits voters from showing their ballots.

South Dakota: They are not allowed because it is considered a way of influencing others how to vote.

Wisconsin: State law prohibits photos while voting.

 

States Where Laws Aren't Clear

Arizona: Photography is banned within 75 feet of a polling place, but posting pictures of ballots is allowed. 

Arkansas: Nothing prohibits people from taking a photo, but state law is unclear.

California: Last month, a law was repealed that banned people from showing their ballots, but the change won't impact this election. Still, there haven't been any cases where people got into trouble from taking photos.

Delaware: There is a rule against cell phones in voting booths, but there is little that can be done about them.

Iowa: There can't be photos in a voting booth, but you can take photos of absentee ballots.

Maryland: Electronic devices cannot be in a voting booth, but you can take photos of absentee ballots.

Missouri: You cannot show your ballots if you intend to suggest how someone votes.

Ohio: You cannot let other people see your ballot.

Oklahoma: No strict law, but it isn't recommended.

Pennsylvania: There is a law prohibiting revealing your ballot, but a recent case found it was allowed.

Tennessee: Voters are not allowed to take photos or videos while in polling places, but the law doesn't address mail-in ballots.

Texas: You cannot take a photo within 100 feet of a polling station.

West Virginia: Electronic devices are banned inside of voting booths, but you can take a photo of your mail-in ballot.

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