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Bill Would Allow Selfies, Ballot Photos At Polling Places

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If you took a selfie at your polling place on Tuesday, you probably broke the law. Unless you’re a member of the media, The Michigan Secretary of State’s office doesn’t allow cameras of any kind at open voting sites. A new bill, introduced by East Lansing representative Sam Singh this week, aims to change that. 

Singh says he crafted the bill after seeing people post pictures of their ballots on social media.

“I just started asking myself the question, what is the policy reason behind this and I couldn’t really think of one. It’s your ballot, if you want to take a picture of that and then share that with somebody at a later point in time, I don’t see anything wrong with that. It’s your first amendment right to tell people how you feel on politics.”

The bill would allow voters to take a picture of themselves or their ballot in a polling place. But photographing someone else or their ballot would still be illegal. The bill has been referred to the House Elections Committee.

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