Before you pull out your best duckface, think about whether it’s legal or illegal to take an Election Day selfie in your state (or district).
Believe it or not, it is illegal in some states to take a picture in a polling place. Will you be hauled off to jail? Probably not. Could you make it really awkward for yourself and a poll worker? Probably. To be on the safe side, check with your state’s laws to see if it’s okay to snap a selfie at the polls.
Yes – -you can take Election Day selfies or photos, but please be cognizant of the privacy of others. Make sure you’re not including anyone else in your shots, and don’t even hint at taking a photo of someone else’s ballot.
Nope — “You may not capture any close-up image of a ballot or a voter’s selection on the ballot,” according to the D.C. Board of Elections.
Nope — “You cannot use your cell phone, pager, camera, and computer equipment in an early voting center or at a polling place,” according to the Maryland Board of Elections. Hear that, Karen? Leave your pager in your fanny pack!
When in doubt, err on the side of caution, and wait until you leave the polling place. Take a picture of your sticker, your shoes on the sidewalk next to some fall leaves, and a campaign sign — the possibilities are endless!
How do you feel about Election Day selfies? Heck yeah, everyone should take one? Or ho-hum? Let us know in the comments below!