Are ballot selfies legal in Maryland?

Posted at 2:08 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 18:34:00-04

If you didn't take a selfie when you voted, did it really happen?

For many voters who document their lives via social media on a daily, even hourly basis, taking a #voterselfie as you cast your ballot may seem totally normal.

It may also be illegal, depending upon where you live.

ABC News broke down exactly where ballot selfies are prohibited, and Maryland is one of those states. 

Unless you're a member of the media, the state bans electronic devices in polling places. (Journalists aren't allowed to photograph a ballot that shows how someone is voting).

Photos of mailed ballots are allowed. 

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The topic of ballot selfies has made headlines in recent weeks.

Last month, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Snapchat, which had sued New Hamsphire over the issue.

The state argued that the law was necessary to to prevent ballot photography to be used as a means of voting fraud or intimidation. Snapchat argued that prohibiting ballot photography denied voters their free speech rights. 

"The restriction affects voters who are engaged in core political speech, an area highly protected by the First Amendment," the ruling states. "There is an increased use of social media and ballot selfies in particular in service of political speech by voters. A ban on ballot selfies would suppress a large swath of political speech."

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Early voting in Maryland begins Thursday. 

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