Lawsuit seeks to block state ban on 'ballot selfies' - WNEM TV 5

Lawsuit seeks to block state ban on 'ballot selfies'

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NEW YORK (AP) -

A federal lawsuit is challenging a New York state law making it a misdemeanor to show a marked election ballot to others.

The lawsuit filed late Wednesday in Manhattan federal court seeks to have the law banning so-called "ballot selfies" declared unconstitutional.

The lawsuit said publishing a voted ballot on social media can be a powerful form of political expression. It said that someone claiming they voted without photographic proof reduces the credibility of the individual.

Attorney Leo Glickman said the lawsuit is consistent with claims made against similar laws in Michigan, Indiana and New Hampshire, where similar laws have been struck down.

A message seeking comment from the New York attorney general's office was not immediately returned.

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