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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:11 pm

Election officials ponder ballot decision

Dave Gong|The Journal Gazette

A day after a federal judge ruled that Indiana officials cannot enforce a law making it illegal for voters to photograph their election ballot, Allen County Election Board officials are looking into how to proceed forward. 

The law in question made it illegal for any voter to take a picture of their ballot.

While so-called "ballot selfies" aren't a huge problem in Allen County, there was one recent case when someone posted a photo of a ballot to Facebook, Beth Dlug, the county's director of elections said.

"We reached out to the person who had posted it to their Facebook page and advised them that it was against the law and that if they didn't take it down, we would have to follow up," she said. "They immediately took it down."

Whitley County has never had a problem with voters taking ballot selfies either, Jessica Hockemeyer, elections supervisor said. 

Under the law, voters faced possible felony charges for photographing their ballots. The ACLU sued the state of Indiana, claiming that the legislation violated voters' First Amendment rights.

Dlug said it's not uncommon for some people, like first-time voters, to want to take photographs once they get to the ballot box. 

With the Nov. 3 municipal election just a few weeks away, Dlug said the election board is currently seeking legal advice as to how to properly move forward.

dgong@jg.net


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