Thinking Of Taking A Voting Selfie? Think Again.
We take selfies of ourselves doing everything. Why not on November 8th when you hit the polls?
Because it's illegal in New York state.
On Wednesday's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake talked about his illegal selfie, when he participated in early voting in his home state of Tennessee. Timberlake said, "I was like, 'This is gonna be great, I'm gonna inspire people to vote!'"
He deleted the photo, and according to USA Today, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said her office "won't be wasting time or resources investigating his well-intentioned mistake."
According to this map on Vox.com, New York is one of those states where taking a selfie in the voting booth is technically illegal. (If you are interested, here's the State of New York's Election Law.) However, a recent lawsuit in New York state is challenging the constitutionality of the law.
In a recent article, the New York Daily News explains, "Under New York State law, showing marked ballots to others is a misdemeanor which can result in up to one year behind bars and a $1,000 fine."
The same article challenges that New York's existing law infringes on the First Amendment right to free speech. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are asking that the ban in NY be lifted and/or suspended before the upcoming presidential election.