Remember, You Can’t Take a ‘Ballot Selfie’ in Massachusetts
Selfies are innocent enough and no one plans on breaking the law when they take them. However, in some states, there is one type of selfie that you may not realize is actually a big no-no.
In Massachusetts, it is illegal to post a photo of your completed ballot. According to Chapter 56-Section 25 of Massachusetts General Law, it is unlawful to allow the “marking of his ballot to be seen by any person for any purpose not authorized by law.” This act could land you in prison for up to six months or you’ll receive a fine of up to 100 dollars. This also applies to those who complete mail-in ballots. All of these pictures are banned in the state. Your vote could be invalidated if caught, and it’s not worth the risk.
I know that emotions are running high for this upcoming election and there is a great sense of pride for practicing your right to vote. You may be so proud that you want to show it off on social media and that is awesome. However, it is important to remember that a photo of your completed ballot is a really bad idea. In fact, don’t even bring your phone to the polling station. Instead, take a photo of your “I Voted” sticker and post that on Instagram for all to see.