Colorado ban on ballot selfies heads to federal court

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 11/2/16.

DENVER (AP) - Colorado could become the latest state to allow ballot selfies.

A federal judge in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday challenging Colorado's misdemeanor crime of disseminating a completed ballot. The law isn't enforced but technically bans excited voters from taking pictures with their own ballots.

Federal judges have struck down bans on selfies in at least two states, and rules have changed in others.

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But in Colorado and many other states, taking a picture of your ballot still carries potential fines or jail time. Recently filed lawsuits also are challenging the bans in California and New York.

A Republican state senator and a Democratic student at the University of Denver are among the voters challenging Colorado's ban.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams says the ban is important and ballot privacy should be maintained.

Copyright 2016 Associated Press


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