So, before you pull a lever or tap a touchscreen on Election Day, know which states allow no selfies, some selfies and all selfies.
Alabama: The state's up-to-date voter information is clear
: No photography in polling places (ergo, no selfies).
You can't take photos in polling places and can't show your completed ballots to others. If you didn't know, you're not alone. In July, three politicians got busted for taking photos of their primary ballots
, not knowing they were violating the law. Whoops!
Georgia: No photography in polling places + no cell phone use in polling places = no selfies.
Illinois: One of the most anti-selfie states in the country. Photography is not allowed at the polling place and its law states, "any person who knowingly marks his ballot or casts his vote on a voting machine or voting device so that it can be observed by another person ... shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony."
Iowa: No photos are allowed in the voting booths.
Maryland: Per Maryland's voter information page
, "You cannot use your cell phone, pager, camera, and computer equipment in an early voting center or at a polling place." Remember guys, NO PAGERS.
Michigan: No cameras in polling places.
New Jersey: Don't share your ballot online and don't take pictures. New Jersey law prohibits voters from showing their ballot to anyone else and officials say photographs aren't allowed inside polling places.
Nope. Last year, a federal judge even upheld a state law barring voters from taking photos
of their marked ballots.
North Carolina: The only way you can take pictures is if you have the permission of the voter (you) -- and the permission of the chief judge of the precinct (not you). Considering the chief judge probably has better things to do, it's a no.
It's illegal to
show off your ballot online, so why bother? The state has prohibited that for years
The word straight from the state's Election Commission
: "State law prohibits anyone from showing their ballot to another person. The use of cameras is not allowed inside the voting booth."
South Dakota: No!
Justin Timberlake brought selfies back
!!! Ok not really. The Tennessee Senate approved a bill to let residents use their phones at polling places, but it hasn't become law yet. For now, John Gleason of the Senate Judiciary says you're outta luck. "Thanks to a law passed in 2015, electronics are permitted in the polling place, but you can't use them," he tells CNN.
Texas: From Keith Ingram, director of elections: "Persons are not allowed to use wireless communications devices within 100 feet of the voting stations. Additionally, persons are not allowed to use mechanical or electronic devices to record sound or images within 100 feet of the voting stations." Listen to Keith.
West Virginia: The law says you can't
"record or interfere with the voting process," but here's an interesting twist: There's now an app that makes West Virginia the first state in the country to allow people to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone. Mind blown? Read about the perks and (major) caveats of the app here
Exercise selfie restraint