Please, no selfies at the polls

No Pictures at your voting Place

DALLAS - You voted and you're proud of yourself -- but you may want to wait before you snap that selfie until you're clear of the polls.

It's up to each state to determine election day rules, but here in Texas that means no photography within 100 feet of a polling station -- no selfies allowed.

Generally speaking -- voting is a private and protected process across the nation.

"Generally you're not supposed to have cameras, you're not supposed to take selfies,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “But in an election where everything is going normally they look the other way they don't pay much attention to that type of thing.”

But as we all know, this isn't a normal election. Jillson said that, with many claiming voter fraud, election officials are expected to crack down on regulations.

"The whole idea is to keep good order in the polling place and to keep it running smoothly and have a little bit of an almost court-like atmosphere where people take the voting seriously,” Jillson said.

He said the United States implemented so called "secret ballots" in the early 20th century -- private voting means a voter cannot be influenced because they can't prove to anyone who they voted for.

Modern day voting isn't that sophisticated -- as recently as 2000, Florida was still voting using punch cards -- much of the booths today are electronic, but the aren't connected to a network.
So it should make sense that many states have law on the books to keep photos out of the booth.

"There were signs plenty of signs, ‘No cell phones or electronic devices turned on,’" said Rockwall Voter Dave Schroeder as he left his voting center.

The one exception? You can take a picture with your mail-in ballot and feel free to post away.

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