Elections officials across Ohio are encouraging voters to proudly display their “I Ohio Voting” stickers, but warn people not to post photos of their ballots online.
State law makes it a fifth-degree felony to “allow the elector’s ballot to be seen by another … with the apparent intention of letting it be known how the elector is about to vote.”
The law dates back to days when people would buy votes and need proof that someone voted for the preferred candidate to get paid, according to state Rep. Mike Duffey, R-Worthington, who attempted to do away with the prohibition in 2014.
Duffey said the law is outdated and rarely enforced, but couldn’t get buy-in from fellow lawmakers to change it.
“I don’t think it makes much sense. But I also think in the modern era people are going to do it anyway,” he said.
“I can’t go a single election day without seeing 5-to-10 people posting pictures of their ballot, yet it’s a felony in Ohio, or it could be.”