What's Wrong with this Picture

Massachusetts Law Updates 2014-10-04

A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone and shared on social media. When this photo is of their marked election ballot it is illegal.  According to Brian McNiff, spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin,  Chapter 56, section 25 of Massachusetts General Law forbids sharing a marked ballot to social media where others can see it.   

“Whoever, at a primary, caucus or election, places any distinguishing mark upon his ballot, or makes a false statement as to his ability to mark his ballot, or allows the marking of his ballot to be seen by any person for any purpose not authorized by law…shall be punished... “

The ballot selfie ban isn’t a statement on the dubious quality of those photos, but as a way of stopping people from selling their ballot.  By not allowing voters a way to proved who they voted for with a picture, the law’s reasoning goes, there will be fewer instances of vote-buying as stated by Eric Levenon, Boston.com.