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Can you take a selfie in the voting booth?

Can you take a selfie in the voting booth?
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Snapchat is fighting for your rights, America.

Makers of the popular messaging app filed a legal brief in New Hampshire this week, arguing against a ban on snapping pics in the voting booth.

The state is one of many that prohibit photography of ballots and at polling sites. The 1890’s law was put into place to protect citizens from intimidation tactics, calling the voting booth “a sacred place where a person could be true to him or herself.”

Snapchat argues that taking ballot selfies is an important way for younger voters to participate in the political process. It also says New Hampshire's ban "unconstitutionally infringes on the First Amendment-protected right of organizations, including theirs, to gather news."

A Snapchat spokesperson says posting a pic of your completed ballot is no different than wearing a campaign button when it comes to free speech. But one has to wonder, if the founding fathers were alive today, would they declare - “We hold these truths to be selfie evident"?

What do you think about selfies in the voting booth? Let us know your opinions by sounding off in the comments below, and don't forget to share this article with friends and family.

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