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A selfie of your election ballot? Not in New York State

As voters cast their ballots in this age of social media, capturing that experience with a selfie isn’t as simple as you might think. A century-old New York law makes it a misdemeanor to show a marked election ballot to others. That includes taking a picture of your completed ballot.

“It’s just ridiculous that people can’t do that. We have a First Amendment,” said Brooklyn-based civil rights lawyer Leo Glickman, who is representing the plaintiffs in the case. “These are three voters who are politically active, politically opinionated and who would want to take a photograph of their ballot and show who they voted for because they feel it’s a strong way to express their opinion about who to vote for.”

Glickman believes the law was originally established to prevent the coercion of voters. “So for example, taking a photograph of a ballot or otherwise showing your ballot to say, your boss, who escorts you or other employees to the voting booth in order to persuade, shall we say, you to vote

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