Does your state allow you to post a 'ballot selfie' on social media?

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Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, voting is going to look different this year compared to previous elections, with more people expected to vote early or by mail than ever before.

According to USA Today, more than 5.6 million people have already voted early, breaking records set in previous elections.

Some people are posting pictures of themselves rocking “I voted” stickers on social media, and while you may be tempted to follow suit, a word of warning: before you snap a selfie at the polls, make sure you aren’t breaking any rules.

While all states allow, and many boards of election encourage, voters to share that they have cast their votes after the fact, snapping a picture of your marked ballot or documenting your voting experience inside a voting location may not just be frowned up, but prohibited in your state.

If you live in a state where you are prohibited from posting a picture of your marked ballot, you run the risk of having your vote challenged, or in some cases, thrown out entirely.

According to Business Insider, the following states do not allow people to take a picture of their completed ballot:

Alabama
Alaska
Georgia
Illinois
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
South Carolina
South Dakota
Utah
Vermont

These states will allow you to snap a photo of your ballot, but only if it’s a mail ballot:

Arizona
Iowa
Maryland
Tennessee
Texas
West Virginia

Want to learn more about voting in the United States? Visit Vote: Make It Count for updates, resources and other important information about how to vote.

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