Justin Timberlake hopped a flight from Los Angeles to Memphis last month to vote early, capping the moment by snapping a selfie in front of his voting machine.
The picture — posted on Twitter and Instagram before it was quickly removed — was supposedly under investigation for violating a Tennessee law banning "ballot selfies." Reports suggested the pop star faced a fine or even jail time.
But local prosecutors said they had no intention of going after Timberlake in a case that highlights how laws about photos in polling places can be murky, outdated or incomplete — adding to the confusion about whether a person even has such a constitutional right.
As voters cast their ballots in this age of social media, they'll find that documenting the experience might not be as simple as saying cheese.
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These states, as well as Washington, D.C., have no laws on the books explicitly banning selfies or electronic recordings, although many election officials told NBC News that they discourage the act because it holds up lines or can compromise other voters' privacy
These states have explicit laws banning electronic recording at polling places or of one's ballot. The penalties vary from fines to possible jail time depending on the local prosecutor's discretion:
These states might have some laws mentioning photography at polling places, but they can be open to interpretation or might be incomplete: