Nebraska lawmaker proposes bill to allow ballot selfies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska senator wants to tweak a law that prohibits voters from taking selfies with their marked election ballots.

Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln introduced a bill Thursday that would allow voters to snap photos of their ballots after voting. Current law prohibits voters from showing their marked ballot to others.

Secretary of State John Gale said last year that the law also applies to photographs. Violations are a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine.

Morfeld says the First Amendment protects ballot selfies and that they encourage excitement about voting.

Morfeld’s bill specifies that selfies are voluntary and no one should coerce a voter to show his or her marked ballot.

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