Why you should avoid taking ballot selfies

This might be a difficult task for some, but people in California must refrain from taking Nov. 8 ballot selfies, at least for one more year.

Taking photos of your ballot is usually in direct violation of California Constitution law Article 2, section 7 which says that voting is secret. Also, other laws prohibit the interference of secrecy in voting and is punishable of a felony, which can include jail time.

But a new Assembly bill passed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September will allow Californians the freedom to take pictures, as long as they don't break other ballot laws.

It states that, "A voter may voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law."

Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), who was a catalyst for this decision, believes that it was time to make voting cool to help turn around the state's voter turnout, according to an LA Times interview

The new law won't go into effect until January 1, 2017, for local elections most likely, so until it happens remember if you take a ballot selfie on Nov. 8, it's still against the law.

Many other states like Colorado have banned it and classify it as a misdemeanor offense.

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