Illegal to Post Images of Your Ballot?

We’re seeing lots of chatter about people posting photos of their ballots taken with phones (such as on the ABC/Yahoo Live Stream and NBC News Blog.)

The Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard Law School has a wonderful chart, backed up with citations to statutes, of state laws concerning taking photos in polling places. And guess what – yikes, it’s illegal plenty of places.

It sure seems like these laws are behind the times. And there’s reason to think that taking video and photos in the ballot booth is quite the opposite of socially pernicious. For instance, there’s this video (albeit unverified) of a person trying to vote for Obama with the machine registering a vote for Romney:

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