Voting selfies ruled illegal in NY

Posted at 11:36 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 23:36:55-04

Thanks to a selfie taken by former *NSYNC front man, Justin Timberlake, the legality of selfies at voting booths has been under the gun this past month. 

Thursday in New York, a judge ruled there wouldn’t be enough time to change the law to allow selfies in this year’s general election. This, after a group said not being able to take pictures in a voting booth would infringe their constitutional rights. 

Another reason for banning the practice is to prevent voter intimidation. The thought is, someone could be pressured to vote a certain way and then forced to take a picture to prove how they voted.
Banning selfies could help prevent that among other things, like inadvertently taking a picture of someone else’s ballot. 

It's not just New York where voting booth selfies are banned. New Jersey, Florida, and Georgia have similar camera laws. States like Vermont, Rhode Island and Oregon do allow photos to be taken while voting.