"But now that Romney has been defeated, prominent GOPers are once again mulling rule changes that could make it harder for Democrats to win the White House—and easier for Republicans to claim Electoral College votes in states where they lose the popular vote."
If you want to take photographs or shoot video inside your polling place, you must be cautious to avoid violating the law. Election laws are serious business – you could be removed from the polling place and even subject to criminal penalties. Some states like Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas expressly prohibit the use of photographic and recording equipment inside polling places. In addition, a majority of states have laws prohibiting the disclosure of your own marked ballot, although the details of these laws vary significantly.
We’ll be honest: This is an awesome/scary new-media problem that we, as journalists, didn’t anticipate before today and haven’t tracked in all 50 states.
CMLP has a handy chart that documents the laws in each state. Check these AND double-check with your state elections board to find out specific laws in your state, but err on the side of caution — a misstep could get your ballot challenged, and could lead to civil and criminal penalties.
Obviously, this is an interesting conflict of rights: Our right to free speech versus the long-held American ideal of a truly secret balloting system. As this story develops, we’ll have more.
polling location in Glenshaw PA 15116 has signs up inside [!] that says
BE PREPARED TO SHOW PHOTO ID
In PA, that law IS not supposed to be enforced until 2013
The reader identifies the precinct as:
SHALER VILLA VOLUNTEER FIRE CO
958 SAXONBURG BLVD
SHALER, PA township is Shaler. Actually Glenshaw
PA folks: We’ve heard similar reports about mailers. What do you know about this? Are you seeing these signs inside or around polling stations? Do you have photos? Message us with your experiences: email@example.com.