Taking a selfie with your filled-in ballot could land you in prison

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — Voting time is here, but voters need to be careful not to take a selfie at the booth with their ballot as it could land them in prison.

According to the Illinois General Assembly's website, snapping a photo of your filled-in ballot and posting it on social media is technically a class 4 felony in Illinois A class 4 felony comes with a prison sentence of one to three years.

The point of this law is to protect against vote-buying.

Because the Sangamon County Clerk's Office knows that social media is a big deal, they are offering voters an Early Voting Selfie Station where voters, after they've voted, can snap a selfie in front of the new backdrop with a pattern that includes the county seal and the words "I voted."

Right now, no one on record has been arrested for taking a selfie with their filled in ballot.

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