Everyone loves taking selfies, but taking one with your ballot might not be a good idea

Absentee voting Cuyahoga County
Posted at 5:24 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 18:03:03-04

CLEVELAND — Right now, you may be seeing a lot of people sharing pictures of their voting experiences on social media.

But you may want to think twice before you snap that selfie with your ballot. It's only illegal if you include your completed ballot in the photo.

So be warned—snapping a selfie with that ballot could land you in some hot water. And it’s not just in polling places, it's also illegal to post photos of your completed absentee ballot at home.

In Cuyahoga County, blank ballots are fair game.

Election judges will not be pulling out the handcuffs when the notice a suspicious selfie. But they will be monitoring social media.

Elections officials say the law is designed to weed out any pay-for-vote schemes. If you’re going to be snapping any selfies, they recommend that you do it while you’re outside and waiting to go in to go cast your vote. But once your inside, put the phone away.

Voters who fail to comply will be reported to the prosecutor's office for possible felony charges.

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