Carroll County Election Guide 2018

Carroll County Election Guide 2018

Election Day ballot selfies: Heres where its legal and illegal

Before you exercise your civic duty at the polls on Tuesday, remember to look up your state's rules — specifically where it stands on voting booth selfies.

In some states, a ballot selfie could actually be illegal. So, before you follow in Justin Timberlake's footsteps (or other celebrities and voters for that matter), take a glance at the voting rules in the U.S.

Election Day 2018: Heres when and where to vote in DC, Md. and Va.

Alabama: No. Each voter in the state has the "right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private," the Alabama secretary of state says, citing the U.S. Justice Department's advice that ballot selfies don't serve any "useful purpose."

Three key races have national implications. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, faces Republican Corey Stewart in his re-election bid. In Virginia’s 10th House District, GOP incumbent Barbara Comstock is in a tight race with the Democratic challenger, Virginia state Sen. Jennifer Wexton. And, in the 7th House District, Democrat Abigail Spanberger and Libertarian Joe Walton are challenging Republican Rep. David Brat.

You cant take a ballot selfie in Illinois, Florida, or 25 other states — see where its illegal to take a photo in the voting booth

Alaska: No. State law prohibits the "identification of ballots," according to the Alaska Division of Elections.

For those looking for a ride to the polls today, the ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are offering some election day deals. Lyft is partnering with Buzzfeed to offer a 50 percent discount for all riders heading out to vote. Uber is offering $10 off a single ride on the lowest-priced option on their platform. To take advantage of that offer, use the promo code VOTE2018.

Arizona: No. The state forbids voters to take any photographs within 75 feet of a polling place. "Any person violating this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor," the law states.

D.C. allows same-day registration on Election Day. You will need valid proof of residence, which includes any of the following: Valid D.C. DMV-issued ID, government check or paycheck, bank statement, current utility bill, student housing statement/tuition bill, homeless shelter occupancy statement, lease or other government document that shows your name and address.

California: Yes. The California legislature voted to change the law after the 2016 primary, and it officially went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. "A voter may now take a photograph of their ballot (a 'ballot selfie') and share it on social media," the memo said. "While 'ballot selfies' are now allowed under California law, elections officials and poll workers will still need to exercise their discretion as to whether 'ballot selfies' cause disruptions requiring a response," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a memo to remind officials of the new policy ahead of the primary election in May 2018.

Colorado: Yes. Governor John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., signed a bill into law in 2017 allowing voters to pose with their ballots. "Any voter may show his or her voted ballot to any other person as long as the disclosure is not undertaken in furtherance of any election violation proscribed in the uniform code," the Colorado General Assembly states.

WTOP is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, owners of which have donated to Corey Stewart’s campaign for Senate and Amie Hoebers campaign for Congress. Hubbard Broadcasting gives WTOP and WTOP.com complete editorial independence and does not exert influence over political coverage.

Delaware: Yes. Technically cell phones aren't allowed in voting booths, but there's no specific law against snapping a selfie in private.

Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton faces four challengers this year, and non-voting Sen. Michael Brown, a Democrat, will face Green Party challenger Eleanor Ory. In another key race, Attorney General Karl Racine is challenged by Libertarian Joe Henchman.

District of Columbia: No. "You may not capture any close-up image of a ballot or a voter's selection on the ballot," the D.C. Board of Election states.

Find your Virginia polling place on the Elections Department website. Please note that Virginia voters are required to show an ID. See the full list of ID forms that are considered valid on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Florida: No. It's against the law to snap a selfie with your ballot in the Sunshine State. "Any elector who, except as provided by law, allows his or her ballot to be seen by any person; takes or removes, or attempts to take or remove, any ballot from the polling place before the close of the polls; places any mark on his or her ballot by which it may be identified" will be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, according to a Florida statute.

Maryland polls are open until 8 p.m. (If you have a completed absentee ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to hand-deliver it. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, Nov. 6.)

Georgia: No. It's illegal to take a picture of your ballot — or the booth or other voting equipment for that matter, according to the secretary of state's office.

Illinois: No. Photography is not allowed in any polling place and ""any person who knowingly marks his ballot or casts his vote on a voting machine or voting device so that it can be observed by another person … shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony," according to WQAD.

In Maryland, there is no same-day voter registration on Election Day, although one statewide ballot measure Tuesday would allow the General Assembly to pass legislation allowing it.

Indiana: Yes. You can take a selfie in the voting booth, but you're not allowed to use your photo to persuade other voters in the polling place, Daily Journal reports.

Here’s what you need to know about voting on Election Day 2018. And, don’t forget to follow WTOP on air and online as the results come in Tuesday night.

Iowa: No. Only members of the media are allowed to film or photograph voters at the polls, though they also have strict guidelines. "The media may photograph or film activity inside the polling place but cannot take any images of how a voter marks or has marked a ballot. ," the secretary of state's office explains online.

Around the D.C. area, this year’s midterm election is especially consequential, with key races on both the national and regional levels.

Kansas: Yes. Ballot selfies are legal in Kansas. "There's not a law that prohibits it," elections director Bryan Caskey told KWCH.

Election Day for hotly contested midterm races across the country is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. State rules vary widely on whether you can take a photo in the voting booth, often called a “ballot selfie.” Business Insider has broken down the rules by state in the map below. American elections have slowly moved into the digital age with rules regarding ballot selfies.

Maryland: No. "You cannot use your cell phone, pager, camera, and computer equipment in an early voting center or at a polling place," Maryland's board of election states online.

In states where its “allowed”, snap away; where its “banned”, beware; and in places with specifications about absentee ballots, keep your phone away if you vote in person.

Massachusetts: No. Massachusetts law forbids it. “We would prefer that you take your ‘I Voted’ sticker selfie once you have exited the polling station,” said Debra O’Malley, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State William Galvin, told Milford Daily News.

Michigan: No."The use of video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices are prohibited in the polls when they are open for voting," the secretary of state's office says online.

States are approximately evenly split on banning and allowing photos in the voting booth, but there are still a wide variety of technicalities.

Minnesota: Yes. Voters can take a selfie inside the polling place but they're not allowed to feature a marked ballot in the frame, according to KARE 11.

Nevada: No. "Using a mobile telephone or computer within the polling place" is prohibited in the state.

New Jersey: No. Right now New Jersey residents aren't legally allowed to snap a selfie with their ballot, but lawmakers did previously consider a bill to make it legal, NJ.com reports.

New York: No. A Manhattan federal judge upheld a decades-old rule prohibiting voters from snapping pictures inside voting booths. “Some voters will require multiple photographs to capture their ballot along with themselves in different poses, or repeated photographs. Long waiting times tend to suppress voter turnout," Judge Castel said, according to the New York Post.

Ohio: No. Technically, it's illegal to snap a selfie with your ballot, but Cincinatti.com claims the state doesn't really enforce that rule.

Pennsylvania: Yes. You're allowed to take a selfie at a polling place but you can't reveal how you voted. The Pennsylvania Department of State suggests taking a photo after you've already left the polling place, PennLive reports.

Rhode Island: Yes. "Photographs of a voter’s own ballot are allowed. General photography is also allowed outside the voter area," according to the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

South Carolina: No. South Carolinians are not allowed to reveal their ballot to anyone else. "The use of cameras is not allowed inside the voting booth," according to the South Carolina Election Commission.

South Dakota: No. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs reminded voters that it's illegal to post your marked ballot on social media.

Tennessee: No, not yet. Justin Timberlake sparked a debate about the legality of sharing a ballot selfie in the state in 2016. Since then, lawmakers have proposed changing the law to allow people to take pictures in voting booths — just not their ballot. The Senate passed the bill in April 2017 but it still needs to be signed into law, according to the Tennessean.

Texas: No. According to Texas' election code, "persons are not allowed to use wireless communications devices within 100 feet of the voting stations. Additionally, persons are not allowed to use mechanical or electronic devices to record sound or images within 100 feet of the voting stations."

Utah: Yes. However, you can't take a picture of a marked ballot or of someone else's ballot — a class C misdemeanor.

Vermont: Yes. It’s “perfectly legal” to take selfies, Secretary of State Jim Condos told KARE 11.

West Virginia: No. "No voter may enter the booth with any recording or electronic device to interfere with the voting process," per state law.


Posted in Westminster