Huge Michigan Millennial Voter Turnout Expected Now That “Ballot Selfie” Ban Lifted
Michigan's ban on "ballot selfies" was ruled a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech on Monday. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff struck down the ban, stating “The Court agrees with the Plaintiff that the interests in the integrity of the electoral process can be secured in a more reasonable manner than the blanket prohibition on citizens' photography,”
Now that ballot selfies will be allowed on election day, millennials are expected to come out by the thousands to snap a photo of their ballot. This probably won't increase millennial turnout by any significant amount, but we wouldn't be surprised if it actually changes a few people's minds about whether or not to head to the polls on November 8th.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is still in opposition of taking selfies at the ballot box and filed a motion to appeal the ruling. He also, with the help of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, is hoping to implement an injunction against the ruling until after the Nov. 8 election.
Will you be taking a selfie of your ballot?