If you’re going to the polls today and are excited about sharing your vote via social media, you may want to stop and think before tapping that camera button.
So-called ballot selfies — taking pictures of yourself with your filled-out ballot — are still illegal in California, even though a state bill to allow them passed earlier this year. That bill won’t go into effect until Jan. 1, and last week a federal judge in California denied the ACLU’s request to allow selfies in Tuesday’s election.
Can’t control that loose trigger finger? It could theoretically cost you. According to California’s Elections Code, any person who “interferes or attempts to interfere with the secrecy of voting” is guilty of a felony, and could be punished with two, three or four years in county jail. (If you’ve already committed a serious or violent felony or are required to register as a sex offender, you would serve your time in state prison.)