Reminder: it’s illegal to take ballot selfies today

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We all want to show that we’re proud voters during midterms, but before you do any clicking or snapping in the voting booth, know that it is illegal in New York State to take pictures of your marked ballot.

The policy that bans photography at polling places is intended to reduce voter fraud and “ensure the integrity of the election process.”

The policy was challenged last year as a barrier to free speech, but U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan upheld the rules, citing that the policy was “narrowly tailored” to thwart fraud, and that it was not broad enough to impede free speech.

Violating the ban could earn you a fine or even jail time, so we recommend you instead wait until after, and take a selfie with your “I Voted Today” sticker.

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