Krebs Says Ballot Selfies Aren’t Allowed Under State Law

Oct 19, 2016

No selfies here.
Credit Kent Osborne / SDPB

If you’re voting in South Dakota, it’s best to leave your selfie sticks at home when you go to the ballot box.

That poignant advice comes from Secretary of State Shantel Krebs. She says ballot selfies are illegal.

“We don’t want anyone out there taking a picture with their ballot with them, or taking a picture of what they marked on the ballot and posting it on Twitter or Facebook or Tweeting it out. So, we want to remind folks that selfies are not allowed in state law,” Krebs says.

Krebs says ballot selfies aren’t allowed because they can be considered influencing a vote, or forcing someone to show proof of voting.

Krebs also stresses that the deadline to register to vote in South Dakota is this coming Monday, October 24. Early voting is currently underway in South Dakota.