Like my vote? Michigan lifts ban on ballot selfies

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters are free to take a picture of their ballot before they leave a voting booth.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has settled a 2016 lawsuit that challenged a ban on so-called ballot selfies. The ban on displaying completed ballots has been around since 1891.

Benson’s office and Joel Crookston, a voter in the Kalamazoo area, reached a deal in April. But no details were released until Wednesday, a day after local elections around Michigan.

The agreement says voters can photograph their marked ballot. They still can’t take a photo of themselves in a polling place.

In 2012, Crookston took a picture of his ballot and posted it on social media. He wasn’t challenged by election officials, but a lawyer warned him that it was illegal and could disqualify his ballot.

The state also will pay $90,000 for Crookston’s legal fees.

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3 comments

  • steve

    With this, along with same day registration, absentee voting for no reason, automatic registration with driver’s license, and straight party voting, is it any wonder that we have so many stupid, irresponsible voters? Make it easy for lazy, uninformed voters and they’ll shrug off the importance of casting a ballot. If you think we’ve got a bunch of morons in the government now, just wait. You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

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