Crowdsourcing Election Verification, part 3
In part 1 I advocated photographing your completed ballot before submitting it and posting your photograph online. Turns out that if you followed this piece of advice in Missouri, you might be in jail right now. Oops! Sorry :-)
I’m not even clear whether doing what I did in revealing the contents of my ballot textually would be illegal in Missouri or not. Or in Nevada where I voted for that matter. Of course it would be a silly and slippery slope if it were illegal to reveal the contents without using a photo. For one, I could have lied and not really voted according to what I posted — as far as I know blogging falsehoods is still legal. Also, what if I posted my choices before the actual vote, like op ed columnists do? And what if I did so prospectively but scheduled the post to be published after the vote happened? Or if I tried to post before the vote but the system was slow and it didn’t actually get posted until after the vote?
Anyone who can clear up the legalities, both federally and also on a per state basis, please comment below.
hat tip: Ace Bailey