'Ballot Selfie' Lawsuit Heads To Federal Court

Jun 8, 2015

Credit NHPR Staff

A lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on so-called "ballot selfies" heads to federal court today.

The Nashua Telegraph reports that oral arguments will be heard today in U.S. District Court in Concord over a law passed last year that bans voters from taking pictures of their marked ballots and posting the images on social media sites.

State officials have defended the law as necessary to prevent voter bribery and coercion.

The state has begun prosecution against at least four people who allegedly violated the law, punishable by up to $1,000 fine.

The New Hampshire chapter of the ACLU filed suit last October against the new law, and is asking the federal court to declare it an unconstitutional violation of free speech.