The Selfie Epidemic has taken its Poll

Miranda Ramirez, Editor-In-Chief

In 2013, the world was introduced to a phenomenon that swept the nation:the selfie. Since then it has spread into an activity teens, celebrities and even some adults partake in on an almost daily basis. Recently it has been taken to a whole new level by voters.


As the elections began, voters have decided to take a photo with their unmarked ballot, disregarding the law.  There has been controversy during the election on whether or not allowing voters to Snapchat a picture of their ballot infringes on their first amendment right or if it compromises “the secrecy of the voting.”  


According to some state election codes, like California’s, taking pictures of the ballot are “Punishable by law” and may include jail time for up to four years since it is considered a felony. However in other states like Colorado, ballot selfies are only misdemeanors, which are less severe than felonies. In some states, like Washington, it is legal to take a picture of  your ballot.


After the selfie outbreak, California passed a law that goes into effect on Jan.1 of next year, that allows voters to take a selfie with their ballot. Nevertheless, voters are encouraged to check their state laws before getting in serious trouble.