MILWAUKEE (AP/WCCO) — The culmination of a tense political season ends Tuesday at the ballot box. So, it might be tempting to snap a selfie photo with your ballot after you’re done voting.
In Wisconsin, that would be problematic. Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney says the concern isn’t so much with the photo itself, but in sharing that photo. Posting it on social media equates to showing your ballot to someone else — and that’s against the law.
Magney tells WUWM-FM the intent of the law is to prevent people from selling their votes.
A review by The Associated Press shows there are laws against voters sharing any photo of their ballot in 18 states, while six others bar photography in polling places but allow photos of mail-in ballots.
Minnesota is among the states where it’s not technically illegal to post a photo of your ballot on social media.
“The only thing that Minnesota law, with respect to this issue, prohibits you from doing is from sharing who you intend to vote or who you just have voted for while you were in the polling place itself,” election law attorney Julia Dayton Klein said.