Nov 5, 2014 10:26 PM

Some voters break NH law by tweeting ballot selfies


Concord - But first, let me take a selfie. It's not only a well-known song, but it's also part of our culture: "selfies."

But what happens when you take one with your ballot here in New Hampshire?

Right now, at least, you would be breaking the law.

"We don't agree with it," says Harrison deBree, who posted a selfie with his completed ballot on Election Day on his Twitter account."

Citing his First Amendment rights, deBree says there's nothing wrong with what he did right before he voted in his hometown of Dover on Election Day.

"I tweeted it from the ballot booth just to be sure," said deBree.

And deBree isn't the only one who did it.

At least one Facebook group page has popped him showing countless people showing off who they voted for before they officially cast their vote.

It's an act that many will freely admit is an act of civil disobedience.

Jonathan Spears, of Hampton, took his own ballot selfie.

"I'd hope that they'd just stop making these pointless laws that actually don't mean anything and just turn everyday people who aren't really breaking any law into criminals," said Spears.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union wants to block the law that took effect Sept. 1, which bans anyone from taking a photo of a marked ballot and posting it on social media.

The NHCLU has has already taken the case to court claiming it violates free speech.

"But in passing that law, what the state did was essentially deem certain forms of political speech to be violative of the law," says Gilles Bissonnettee, an NHCLU attorney.

As for deBree, he wrote in the name of "John Stark" for US Senate, which is a reference to the Colonial Era General who gave New Hampshire it's motto, "Live Free or Die."

Meantime, deBree says, he's not worried about his ballot selfie.

"Not really," he says. "I mean there's so many other people doing. I've probably seen already 30 photos online."

As for right now, anyone breaking the law could face up to a $1,000 fine.

As for the NHCLU's lawsuit, it is currently pending.


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