Ballot Selfie Laws in Indiana and Kentucky
The "Selfie" has become part of our culture. On vacation? Take a selfie at the beach to rub it in everyone's faces. Out with friends? Take a selfie to show how much fun you had (or help you remember what happened). Voting? Depending on where you live, you may want to hold off on that selfie, or it could get you in trouble.
TMZ reported on Tuesday that Justin Timberlake could be facing some trouble in his home state of Tennessee for snapping a selfie at the voting booth. If convicted (the case is "under review" according the the Shelby County, Tennessee District Attorney), Timberlake could face a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.
Fortunately for us in the state of Indiana, we're free to snap as many selfies as we want before, during, or after casting our ballot thanks to a federal judge who overturned a law that prevented the act last year.
Kentucky is a bit more hazy. The state has had a law in place since 2005 that prohibits "recording the identity of voters within the voting room, except for the official use of the precinct signature roster that is furnished or approved by the State Board of Elections and is otherwise permitted by law." However, the law does not say anything about voters recording their own identity which has led to the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office telling local county clerks, and I'm paraphrasing here, ballot selfies are OK. Maybe just make sure no one else is in the picture before you snap it to be safe.
Early voting is underway now in both Indiana and Kentucky, and of course Election Day is coming up November 8th. Be sure to get out there and make your voice heard!