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Ballot box blunder could land you in jail

Ballot box blunder could land you in jail
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Want to take a selfie of yourself voting on November 8? Be sure to check with your state's laws before you do. Taking one could get you into some trouble if you don't follow the rules, as we saw this week with pop star Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake took a selfie while voting in Tennessee and posted it to Instagram.

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When all is said and done, Timberlake won't be prosecuted but other violators could face a 30-day jail sentence and a $50 fine. Who knew? It's because certain laws prohibit photography near polling places, which, as you can guess, the laws become murky in the age of the smartphone.

So before you snap a selfie while you're voting, here's a complete rundown from the Associated Press on each state's laws regarding photos in the voting booth. Also, below is a graphic that goes over the same information.

Selfies allowed: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming

Selfies banned: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Unclear: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

Notes: Keep in mind that these lists are for selfies, taking photos of other people's ballots is still illegal. Some states also are OK with photos of mail-in ballots, while others are not. Be sure to check this list for the specifics.


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Source: Fusion
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