US appeals court: Michigan can enforce ballot selfie ban

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DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge’s order that would have prevented Michigan from enforcing a state law to keep voters from taking photos of their ballot in the Nov. 8 election has been overturned.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday that Joel Crookston can present the First Amendment issues raised in his lawsuit against the state, but it will have to wait until after the election.

Michigan’s ban on exposing completed ballots has been in place since 1891.

Crookston, of Portage, took a ballot selfie in 2012 while voting. He filed a lawsuit last month after learning a picture of a completed ballot could get him in trouble. No action was taken against Crookston.

State election officials said the rules are intended to protect the integrity of the election.

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2 comments

  • steve thomas

    Although enforcement might be a challenge, I don’t think that any electronic communication devices should be allowed to be used in the voting booth. Period.

  • Michael

    Who cares.

    That being said where I vote only uses little cardboard partitions on a table with many people sitting next to each over at the polling place. I could see people taking out cameras and taking photographs- even just a selfie- as being an uncomfortable situation for some as wide camera angles can pick up more than intended.