Today's lesson in election law

Good to know: taking a photo of your marked ballot and posting it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/wherever online could be considered a misdemeanor in New York State, Gizmodo reports. Update: A spokesman from the NYS Board of Elections tells the Syracuse Post-Standard that lawyers for the BOE have decided that showing someone your ballot in person is illegal -- but posting a photo online is not. (Thanks, Ned!)


If you read the law carefully it's saying if you reveal your vote between the time you mark your ballot and the time it's actually cast is when a law is broken. If you take a picture, cast your ballot, THEN share it afterwards you should be good.... but I'm no lawyer.

I also find it difficult to believe this law is going to be enforced.

I'm not concerned.

Late to the party with this, but BoE says "No, it is not."

@Ned: Thanks for the follow up!

@Chad, Jeremy: Yep, it seemed highly unlikely someone would actually get in trouble for this. But it's interesting from an old-law-in-an-everyone's-a-publisher-world perspective.

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