Ballot-booth selfies: A threat to secret voting? | The Telegraph

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Ballot-booth selfies: A threat to secret voting? | The Telegraph

In the age of the omnipresent cellphone and the proliferation of social media, it might seem a fool’s errand for government to try to ban the selfie.

In New Hampshire, a federal judge recently said it is also unconstitutional.

The selfie in question is something called the ballot selfie. The Granite State in 2014 amended state law to prohibit voters from taking photos of their marked ballots “and distributing or sharing the image via social media or by any other means.”

The state said it was protecting the sanctity of the secret ballot and guarding against vote-buying or voter coercion. The latter two could be aided by a person producing evidence of how he or she voted.

But opponents said the prohibition was a violation of free-speech rights.

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