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Ballot selfies OK in California, but share with care

Photo: Michael Bentley / CC BY 2.0 / file / MGN

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Ballot selfies are now allowed under California law, but Secretary of State Alex Padilla warns folks to post with care.

Poll workers will still need to exercise discretion if a voter’s selfie-taking causes a disruption.

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Padilla’s office said there are “limits” placed on people’s sharing of ballot selfies:

  • No unauthorized sharing of how someone voted.
  • No soliciting or receiving consideration for voting.
  • Don’t interfere with the elections process or with the poll workers.
  • Don’t intimidate other voters.
  • Don’t violate the privacy of other voters.


Remember, as Padilla’s office stated, “Voting shall be secret,” private and free from any form of intimidation or coercion.

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NOTE: If sharing an Election Day photo with Eyewitness News, please do not show your ballot. Only show off your pride in voting – take a selfie with your "I Voted" sticker, for example.

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