Of course I hope everyone is voting today, and no I do not want to get into a political debate on who I voted for or who you should vote for. The act of voting is what is important. With that said, I must admit I almost updated my Facebook status indicating I had just voted. Apparently I am not the only person wishing to post or tweet about completing their civic duty.

Instagram and other social media sites are on fire right now with comments on voting and pictures with #vote. In our world of sharing everything we do from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep, some things are meant to be kept private - and some laws dictate just that.

Laws Against Taking Pictures and Videos at the Poll

There are states that have actually banned photography and videography in polling places. These states include:

  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • West Virginia

Apparently, North Carolina is actually banning the use of smart phones all together. You can't even read notes you may have placed on your phone. Ouch!

So while voting is important, and updating your online status while waiting to vote may be allowed, the trend is leaning towards not being allowed to record the momentous act of voting. It may be better to just take a mental picture?