Judge overturns law banning photos inside of polling places - WNEM TV 5

Judge overturns law banning photos inside of polling places

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Voters may see more cell phones on election day after a judge ruled people should be allowed to take ballot selfies.

Until now voters who snapped a photo of their ballots in Michigan ran the risk of having their vote thrown out or even facing criminal charges.

"I think that personally it seems kind of ridiculous just because of privacy and ethical issues," said Tajhae Barr, voter.

Everyone seems to be taking selfies nowadays. Justin Timberlake even took one in the voting booth.

Barr said it makes her uneasy.

"I wouldn't feel comfortable letting people know who I am voting for just because I take that stuff seriously," Barr said.

It's legal in Michigan now after a judge reversed a law that has been on the books since 1891. That law had made it illegal to take pictures inside of polling places.

Linda Hoff, with the League of Women Voters in Flint, said the reverse ruling is a tough one.

"There is a lot of considerations, the privacy issues versus the freedom of speech issues. And is your freedom of speech really infringed upon if you have to wait two minutes until you walk out the door," Hoff said.

Michigan Attorney Bill Schuette has a motion saying the state intends to appeal the ruling. He's asking for an injunction against implementing the ruling until after the election.

Meanwhile, Barr said she wouldn't do it but people should have the choice if they want to take pictures no matter where they are.

"If that's what you want to do, to each his own. But I wouldn't," Barr said.

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