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California ban on selfies at polls stays in place

Selfies at California polls not allowed
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If you are a California voter and were planning to share with social media your completed election ballot on Nov. 8 by taking a selfie, you may have to settle for a snapshot of your "I Voted" sticker instead.

A federal judge did not get in the way of a state law which bans taking pictures of your ballot.

According to NBC San Francisco, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup said taking close-up pictures so near to election day would create confusion for voters and poll workers.

On Monday, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sought a court injunction asking that the law not be enforced, saying it violates First Amendment rights by not allowing voters to express their political views.  

Senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Northern California, Michael Risher said the law may have to stay as it is because election day is just around the corner.

“We are disappointed in the court’s ruling,” said Risher. “Because the election is now six days away, we don’t think there is time to have an appellate court consider the issue,” Risher said.

Arguments against similar law in Colorado were also brought before a judge today.