Political

Justin Timberlake in hot water over polling station selfie

Justin Timberlake Polling Station Selfie
It’s not only in the UK where taking a polling station selfie can cause legal problems:

Justin Timberlake has been spared a brush with the law after a picture he posted of himself voting caught the attention of Tennessee authorities.

The actor and pop star uploaded a picture to Instagram of him casting a ballot in Memphis.

It became illegal to take photos inside polling locations in Tennessee in 2015. [BBC]

Elsewhere in the US, however, there is pressure to change such laws:

A trio of New Yorkers are suing the Board of Elections in hopes of making it perfectly legal to snap a selfie in a voting booth — which is a big no-no in the Empire State and elsewhere around the country.

The suit, filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, argues that “ballot selfies” — or the act of taking a photo with a ballot and then publishing it on social media — should be allowed on election day because they are a valid expression of one’s first amendment rights…

Since 1909, it’s been illegal to take pictures of a marked ballot while voting in New York and at least 15 other states. Those who are caught doing so could face up to a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine. [New York Post]

Keep up with news about elections by email

If you’d like to be notified by email when new posts about how are how our elections are run appear on this blog, just sign up here. (Note: if you’re already signed up for a daily email alert with all my new blog posts, then there’s no need to sign up for these alerts too as the stories will also be in the full daily digest.)

  • If you submit this form, your data will be used in line with the privacy policy here to update you on the topic(s) selected. This may including using this data to contact you via a variety of digital channels.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Interested in more stories about how our elections are run? Follow my dedicated election law channels on Facebook or Twitter which include bonus extra stories that don’t appear on this blog.

Advertisements

There are no comments

Share your views

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments and data you submit with them will be handled in line with the privacy and moderation policies.