New York voters have no 1st Amendment right to snap ballot-booth selfies
“The State’s interest in the integrity of its elections is paramount,” court says.
DAVID KRAVETS – 9/30/2017, 5:55 PM
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A New York federal judge is upholding New York’s ban on voters photographing their marked ballots in polling places. The judge says the First Amendment is trumped by the law’s stated goal to cut down on election fraud via vote buying and extortion.
US District Judge P. Kevin Castel said the statute deprives a perpetrator of election fraud the modern-day means to verify that a target voted a certain way. That verification method is a selfie of a voter holding a marked ballot at a polling place, which would then be posted to social media, he said.
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Then we’d have photo ids to vote and big prison terms for those who cheat.
Given that it’s the politicians and bureaucrats that “cheat” or authorize cheating, then that’s why the penalties are minimal if any.
How about election fraud by a candidate disqualifies them from any office — now and in the future.
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