Can A Ballot Selfie Get You in Trouble?
Voter selfies are all over social media right now, but most of them don't include the actual ballot. This is what will happen if you post a ballot selfie in Idaho.
Ballot selfies are banned in several states, but Idaho isn't one of them.
You're in the clear if you post a mail-in ballot selfie here, and pictures with in-person ballots are okay too. Idaho is one of twenty-four states that allow ballot selfies.
Several states allow posts with mail-in ballots only, and there are a few states that ban ballot selfies completely, including Nevada and Utah.
Polling locations don't usually allow phones beyond a certain point, so it's next to impossible to take a ballot selfie at the voting booth as it is. That's probably why we don't see more of them, not to mention the fact that voting systems are usually electronic and it's not feasible to hold up the touchscreen to get in the selfie frame.
And then there's the matter of whether we want to see ballot selfies or not. If you can see checked boxes on the ballot, will you zoom in to find out who your friend voted for? Ethics and legalities aside, Business Insider said "voters taking time to snap photos or selfies at polls could lead to longer lines and less efficient service at in-person voting locations."
Mail-in ballots have to be received by county clerks in Idaho no later than Tuesday, November 3rd by 8:00 p.m. A selfie at the mail slot does prove that you dropped it off, so it serves as good record-keeping. Early voting in person ends Friday, October 30th.
Just vote! That's the most important thing.