Selfies allowed in polling places in Virginia

Selfies allowed in polling places in VA

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - As voters fill out their ballots on Election Day, a record could be set in Virginia: The number of selfies at a polling place.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said there are no laws in the state the prohibit voters from taking a selfie in the voting booth, of other voters and even their ballots.

Although that may be the case, don’t abuse your free right because if your picture-taking disrupts voting or intimidates other voters, you can be removed from the polling place.

In others states, they have strict laws against taking photos inside the voting booth or polling place. If caught, you can be thrown in jail and charged a fine.

Typically, older Americans tend to make up the largest portion of voters who actually go to the polls, but now we live in an age where people share their whole lives on Twitter and Facebook.

A lot of people like to post photos of themselves at the polls hoping it encourages others to go vote.

Groups like the ACLU says they encourage anyone to exercise their rights however they see fit, but also to be mindful not to take up extra time and delay other voters, especially when turnout is high.

NBC12 wants to see your photos, as well as the popular "I voted" stickers you'll receive after voting. We'll share your pictures on air, on social media and online throughout the day.

Here are a few easy ways to send us your voter selfies:

Here’s a full list of states selfies are not prohibited:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • West Virginia

Here’s a look at how each state treats polling place pictures.

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