Virginia AG: ‘Ballot selfies’ not illegal in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s attorney general says it’s not against the law for Virginia voters to take photos of their ballots for publication on social media.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( reports that Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring said in a Sept. 29 opinion that taking “ballot selfies” are not a crime as long as the act doesn’t interfere with other voters or disrupt the election.

The opinion came after two local-level election officials asked Herring to clarify whether new regulatory language approved by the State Board of Elections conflicted with state law. The new rules had eased restrictions on electronic devices.

In his opinion, Herring said the new language doesn’t contradict any law, but clarified that voters cannot use phones to get advice or assistance from someone outside the polling place.

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