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Nothing in Virginia law prohibits voters from taking pictures of themselves, fellow voters or their ballot within the polling place, he said.WASHINGTON STATE: It’s not against the law in Washington, but a spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman said the office doesn’t recommend it. Law does allow judges of elections to “preserve order at the polls by any necessary and suitable means.” ALASKA: A state law bans voters from showing their marked ballots, but Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke says there is no practical way to enforce it.ILLINOIS: Banned by a law that considers “knowingly” marking your ballot so that another person can see it is a felony that carries a prison sentence of one to three years.KANSAS: Secretary of state says a selfie showing a picture of the actual ballot violates state law.COLORADO: Ballot selfies or any public dissemination of a marked ballot are considered a misdemeanor. FLORIDA: Photographs are not allowed in polling places or of mailed ballots.GEORGIA: Law prevents photos of ballots or the screens of electronic voting machines.Clerks are encouraged to adopt specific rules for their polling places to maintain order, according to Jim Condos, a spokesman for the secretary of state.VIRGINIA: Attorney General Mark Herring issued a formal opinion last month that says ballot selfies are legal in Virginia.
A pending legislative measure would allow voters to take photos of their own ballots while in the voting booth and share it on social media.MAINE: The secretary of state discourages ballot selfies because there’s a ban on making unauthorized ballot copies, but there’s no law against voters posting photos of their marked ballot.MICHIGAN: A federal judge on Monday blocked enforcement of a ban on ballot selfies, saying it violates free speech.The law makes it a misdemeanor to photograph someone else’s ballot.
VERMONT: No rules regarding photos in polling places.Therefore, the secretary of state’s office routinely tells county clerks the law does not prohibit ballot selfies.LOUISIANA: Secretary of State Tom Schedler says ballot selfies are allowed in the state, though he’s not a fan of them.OREGON: All voting is done through mail-in ballots, which voters are free to photograph.