Is It Illegal in Louisiana to Take a Selfie in a Voting Booth?
Most people take the phrase, 'pictures or it didn't happen,' seriously these days. If you don't post about it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, or Snap Chat, the perception is that it DIDN'T happen because so many of us are in the habit of chronicling our daily lives for the rest of the world to see. Add that to the fact that folks love to share their personal political beliefs ad nauseam, and a voting booth selfie is bound to happen.
Yep, instead of posting a selfie with their 'I Voted' sticker to proclaim the completion of their civic duty, some rocket scientist is going to take things one step further and take a selfie in their voting booth. That then begs the question, is it illegal to take a voting booth selfie? Yes... and no. It depends on which state you live and vote in.
You'll be relieved to know that it's NOT illegal to take a picture while in your voting booth in Louisiana. In Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, the legality of taking a voting booth selfie is unclear. However, taking a selfie with your ballot in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia among others IS against the law. I'm thinking it's either best to leave your camera in your vehicle or to double-check before election day just to be safe!
See the entire list of states and whether or not voting selfies are illegal at Vox.com. And remember, make yourself heard, vote November 8th!
Also, don't forget that early voting for the November 8th Congressional Primary Election in Louisiana starts Tuesday, October 25th and runs through Tuesday, November 1st, excluding Sunday, October 30th from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm daily. Voters who plan to submit an absentee ballot for the November 8th election must request an absentee ballot by Friday, November 4th, 2022, at 4:30 pm. The deadline to return absentee ballots is Monday, November 7th at 4:30 pm.