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Sec. State to examine social media and ballots after election

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Posted: Nov 6, 2012 3:01 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Nov 6, 2012 4:39 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: illegal, social, media, network, picture, ballot, vote, election, secretary of state

BATON ROUGE - Every day people share all kinds of things through social networking, from who they're with right down to what they're about to eat.

People in Louisiana, though, should think twice before snapping a pic of who they voted for today.

According to Louisiana law, it is illegal to show your marked ballot to other people. There are some exceptions, such as people who need assistance voting.

A spokesperson for the Secretary of State's office said it's not likely someone will be taken to jail over a ballot picture on Twitter, and noted the statute was written well before social media was a factor.

The statute also carries stiff penalties: up to a $1,000 fine and possibly a year in prison on the first offense, with double the fine and five years in jail for later offenses.

They also said they plan to examine the issue once the election is over with.

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