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Sep 13, 2016 1:31 PM

Court hears challenge to NH 'ballot selfie' law

The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Boston has heard arguments in a challenge to a New Hampshire law that bans voters from posting photos of their completed election ballots.

The New Hampshire Secretary of State's Office wants to keep the law on the books, arguing that it helps deter election fraud.

But the American Civil Liberties Union argued Tuesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibiting voters from sharing ballot photos on social media violates the right to free speech.

The law was upheld last year by a judge who said the state's argument that people will be coerced into selling votes if they can post ballot images online is speculative.

The court did not immediately rule. The arguments were heard the same day as the New Hampshire primary.

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