US appeals court: Michigan can enforce ballot selfie ban

This June 7, 2016, photo provided by Taylor Huckaby, of California, shows Huckaby's election ballot. Ballot selfies, where people use smartphones to photograph and share their marked ballots online, are becoming more common, as voters young and old look to share their views with family, friends and the world. But what they don't realize is they may be breaking the law, depending on where they live. (Taylor Huckaby via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge’s order that would have prevented Michigan from enforcing a state law to keep voters from taking photos of their ballot in the Nov. 8 election has been overturned.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday that Joel Crookston can present the First Amendment issues raised in his lawsuit against the state — after the election.

Michigan’s ban on exposing completed ballots has been in place since 1891.

Crookston, of Portage, took a ballot selfie in 2012 while voting. He filed a lawsuit last month after learning a picture of a completed ballot could get him in trouble.

State election officials said the rules are intended to protect the integrity of the election.

Crookston’s attorney, Stephen Klein, said Friday night that they’re considering their options.



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