Voting Day internetiquette: "Can I instagram my ballot?"


30 Responses to “Voting Day internetiquette: "Can I instagram my ballot?"”

  1. $28084830 says:

    They allow you to use your smartphone or whatever in Ohio because the counts are already registered in the voting machines, so it really doesn’t matter which buttons you press. 

  2. memoid says:

    “make it so that your vote cannot be counted.”

    Does this mean somebody in Florida will go into the ballot box and subtract exactly one (1) vote from Candidate X’s account?!

  3. Funk Daddy says:

    So then a penis pic of said penis slapping the ballot to indicate your vote is MOST illegal in North Carolina, but likely in other jurisdictions as well. 

    • Marc Mielke says:

      It’s a good thing that’s not allowed. If it were, I’m pretty sure come January we’d be swearing in President Picture of My Penis. Besides the embarrassment of being a country ruled by a penis picture, The picture’s simultaneous election to the House and Senate in addition to the Presidency would break the Separation of Powers.

      More seriously, I was a little annoyed about HI’s “no smartphones” thing. It would be nice to have the ‘phone a friend’ option on ballot initiatives — they don’t get nearly the coverage they deserve and in the thick of things it’s a bit difficult to understand exactly what they’re asking to get away with.

  4. theophrastvs says:

    hey any …fine person that decides to vote for romney should know that voting via facebook and/or twitter is the easiest way to secure our future!    ((yeah yeah… i know, dirty tricks is the way of the other side))

    • skoober says:

       HAHAHAHA!!!!  I TOTALLY LOL’D AT THIS!  YOU SIR ARE A COMIC GENIUS!!!!!!!  FACEBOOK!!  ROMNEY VOTERS THEY’RE SO DUMB!!  HAHA.  I need to catch my breath.  Oh, thank you, guy.  Thanks for the thousand laughs.

  5. acerplatanoides says:

    “Can I Instagram my ballot”

    There is no accounting for style

  6. kmoser says:

    News flash: “Instagram” is not a verb. Please use “post online” instead.

  7. DaveVonNatick says:

    Having photographic proof makes it easier to sell your vote on Craigslist.

  8. Benjamin Bernanke says:

    Thank goodness that “fellow” lives in DC. His vote doesn’t count anyway.

  9. chriscombs says:

    Hiya–I’m not sure the City Paper is right about D.C.’s ballot/Instagram legality. This thoroughly-researched-looking post on Gizmodo seems to contradict it:

  10. The framing and lighting make no sense. I think the vote in that photo was changed to Romney.

  11. teknocholer says:

    Allowing smart phones into the voting booth is obviously a terrible idea. If your candidate/local mob boss/employer/church can insist on photographic proof of your vote, they will. (They won’t necessarily all insist on the same outcome, either.)

    “After attempting to recall from memory my choices for Council of State and judge positions to no success, I felt like I was being denied my right to vote because I was not allowed to use my smart phone.”  Did he never consider writing his choices on a piece of paper? Or his hand? There are inexpensive implements available that allow that. Kids today.

  12. Chandler Lewis says:

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.  Or, another way to say it:  Isn’t the satisfaction one derives from transmitting your vote less than the satisfaction one derives from the protection of the secret vote?  Is the secret ballot something to protest?

    Or, another way to say it:  What are you trying to gain by Instag… by transmitting your vote?

    I’m trying to figure this out, truly.  By broadcasting your ballot, what’s to be gained?  Friends?  Seriously.  Why would anyone do this, when god already invented bumperstickers?

  13. Peter Zimmerman says:

    You all (by which, I mean, Americans) should seriously consider whether you don’t vote for too many things at once. The WRAL story of the NC fellow who couldn’t memorize his voting decisions… seriously, where else in the world could this possibly be necessary? When I vote in a national election, I have to memorize a grand total of one name.

    • Dlo Burns says:

      In america you have on the ballot … lets see, top to bottom:

      state reps
      county mayor where applicable
      council people where applicable
      town/city mayor
      school board
      judges even though everybody votes them back in unless there’s a scandal they’re too stupid to resign from
      state initiatives 
      -then county
      –city if there was any

      aaand I’m sure I’m forgetting something

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        District Attorney
        Water Board
        Power Board
        Dog Catcher, etc.

        Plus state and local initiatives in places like California.  It would be unusual to have less than 20 sections on the ballot and not unheard of to have more than 50.

        That’s why they send a sample ballot so that you can mark it up and use it when you fill in the real one.

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      In India, I believe, they have pictures of candidates on ballot papers as many electors are unable to read. It would work just as well for those with a poor memory for names with much improved opportunities for photoshopping, instagramming, etc.

  14. Boundegar says:

    I can see why electronic devices should be banned from the voting booth.  What if you were about to push that button, and suddenly your phone rang, and it was Karl Rove, and he says he’s totally going to kill an adorable animal, a kitten maybe, if you don’t vote for Romney, or maybe it was a scary black man with a stick who just glared over the phone and made you want to run away, and you ended up not voting at all and because you live in a swing state the whole damn election depends on your ONE VOTE (and all the other people they called while they were in the voting booth)?  The fate of the nation hangs in the balance!

  15. jaytkay says:

    He voted for Romney.


  16. pjcamp says:

    So when I voted today, in Atlanta, GEORGIA, the TV news was inside the polling place filming the long lines (I was there for two hours).

    So, there’s that.

    And also:  “Can I instagram my ballot?”

    Not if it’s that one. No. Not at all.

  17. traalfaz says:

    At least here in Michigan, you can go to a website which will give you an exact replica of the ballot.  Just print that out and photograph it.

  18. Adam Heyman says:

    Fact check: that is a Massachusetts ballot, not Washington, D.C. Not sure if that changes the legality of the picture.

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