Ballot-selfies still a no-go in Florida

By Trey Paul, Web Anchor
Last Updated: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:50 PM EDT

Voters in New Hampshire will be allowed to take selfies with their ballot this November and share them on social media. A federal appeals court ruled New Hampshire’s 2014 ‘ballot selfie ban’ was unconstitutional.

In Florida, though, it’s a different story.

  • Voters in NH will be able to take selfies with their ballots in Nov.
  • FL Statute says photography is not permitted in voting area
  • Political Analyst Chris Ingram believes the law is outdated

According to statute 102.031 (5): No photography is permitted in the polling room or early voting area.

If you think that’s a little archaic in today’s digital world, you’re not alone.

"I think it's much ado about nothing,” started Political Analyst Chris Ingram, “and, quite frankly, I'd be surprised if any citizen in any state were arrested or thrown out of a voting location because they were taking a picture of themselves with their own ballot.”

Proponents of the law say it’s a security concern, and that once voters are allowed access to cameras other issues could arise, including the possibility of buying or swaying votes.

In New Hampshire, those notions didn’t impress the courts.

“I think those laws were probably written a hundred years ago when it would be very rare for anyone who walked into a ballot box, even up as late as the late 1990s or early 2000s with a camera would be suspicious,” added Ingrim.

“Today anybody with a cell phone probably has a camera on them and I think they're the rarity," he said. "It's just time for the legislatures and the various states to catch up with the times and recognize that taking a picture of one's self with their ballot is not an infringement on anybody's rights and in fact might have a positive consequence of encouraging more people to go out and vote.”