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Ballot booth selfies create risk of vote buying & intimidation, but encourage participation

by AirTalk®

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Sun Valley residents vote at the polling station located at Our Lady of The Holy Church on election day at the Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California. JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

From the likes of Justin Timberlake to Beyonce, selfies are making their way into polling places.

Voters across the country are sharing their completed ballots with the world via social media. It's currently illegal to do so in California, but a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown allowing the practice will go into effect soon after this year’s election. Opponents worry the phenomena could lead to vote buying and election fraud. Supporters say it’s constitutionally protected speech.

Are polling place selfies a good way to promote voting, or a better way to sell your vote?


Josh Douglas, Professor of Law specializing in Election Law and Voting Rights, University of Kentucky

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