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Updated by Howard University Newsservice on Nov 26, 2017
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States Where It's Illegal to Post Election Photos and Videos

Many can't seem to fight the urge to take to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with an image of their 2012 ballots, but doing just that is illegal in many states.

The laws on pictures and videos of election related materials can be found next to their respective states.

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Alabama

Alabama

Voters are not allowed to capture videos or photos inside of the polling place.

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Alaska

Alaska

Voters are not allowed to show the voter's ballot to anyone, including election officials.

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Arizona

Arizona

To "show the voter's ballot or the machine on which the voter has voted to any person after it is prepared for voting in such a manner as to reveal the contents, except to an authorized person lawfully assisting the voter" is a class 2 misdemeanor.

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Arkansas

Arkansas

Voters cannot disclose the results of votes cast for candidates or issues on the election ballots to anyone until after polls close on the day of the election.

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California

California

According to the Elections Code: "After the ballot is marked, a voter shall not show it to any person in such a way as to reveal its contents."

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Colorado

Colorado

Voters are not allowed to show how they or others voted. All should check with their local county clerks on whether or not cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices are allowed inside their assigned polling places.

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Connecticut

Connecticut

Although it is not apparent whether divulging one's vote would be a violation of Connecticut law, it is stated that "any act which invades or interferes with the secrecy of the voting or causes the same to be invaded or interfered with," is illegal.

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Delaware

Delaware

No rule forbidding a photographed ballot has been found in Delaware law.

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District of Columbia

District of Columbia

According to D.C. law, "Voting in all elections shall be secret."

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Florida

Florida

Florida explicitly forbids photograph within the polling room.

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Georgia

Georgia

Georgia code prohibits the use of any recording, photographic or cellular devices while in his/her polling place.

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Hawaii

Hawaii

If one exhibits a marked or unmarked ballot from a primary election, he forfeits his right to vote, but there is no word on sharing a ballot from a general election

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Idaho

Idaho

Although it is not explicitly stated that one cannot share his own ballot, it is forbidden to "attempt to induce any voter to display his ticket."

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Illinois

Illinois

There is no clear mention of the legality of sharing one's ballot in Illinois law.

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Indiana

Indiana

Media access to election materials and polls have explicit laws in Indiana, but whether or not those laws apply to those who are not affiliated with the media is not clear.

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Iowa

Iowa

Electronic communications devices, cellular phones, cameras and pagers are all unlawful inside of Iowa polling booths.

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Kansas

Kansas

Voters cannot disclose marked or unmarked ballots or the way in which they voted according to Kansas code.

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Kentucky

Kentucky

Voters are not allowed to disclose or record the identity of voters according to Kentucky law, but whether this would apply to a voter's own ballot is not clear.

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Louisiana

Louisiana

Voters are allowed to use cameras withing the polling place as long as they do not interfere with the casting of votes.

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Maine

Maine

It has been legal to disclose one's own ballot in Maine since 2011.

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Maryland

Maryland

Maryland does not explicitly state whether or not sharing a ballot's contents would be against state code.

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts

It has been stated by the Secretary of State's office that cellular phones cannot be used withing polling locations.

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Michigan

Michigan

Voters cannot utilize cameras, video cameras, recording equipment or cellular phones in Michigan polling places.

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Minnesota

Minnesota

Voters cannot use cameras or video recorders inside polling booths or share their ballot results with anyone inside the polling place, according to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

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Mississippi

Mississippi

Recording inside the polling place is allowed for news media officials, but it is not expressly stated whether voters are allowed to do the same.