A millennial member of the state Legislature wants to make sure it’s legal for New Jerseyans to snap a photo of their ballot in the voting booth — possibly with their face in the frame — and then post it on social media. State Assemblyman Raj Mukherji has introduced a bill (A4188) that would legalize so-called “ballot selfies.” “It’s not perfectly clear that the current statute would be interpreted to prohibit this,” the 32-year-old Mukherji (D-Hudson) told Politico New Jersey.
“If it’s illegal under current law, then I am guilty of doing this. Because I have posted my own ballot on Facebook as part of being proud of participating and being active in my democracy.”
Under current New Jersey law, “no person shall within the polling room mark his ballot in a place other than in the polling booth or show his ballot, nor should anyone request such person to show his ballot during the preparation thereof.”
Anyone who violates the law could face 18 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.