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Judge stands firm on ballot selfies

October 27, 2016
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A local judge has refused to suspend her order that allows Michigan voters to take photos of their completed ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

Citing the First Amendment, Grand Rapids federal Judge Janet Neff blocked Michigan's ban on taking so-called ballot selfies. The Secretary of State is appealing.

The judge said Wednesday she won't freeze her decision while the legal process moves to a higher court.

Joel Crookston of Portage filed a lawsuit in September. In 2012, he took a photo of his ballot while voting for a write-in candidate for Michigan State University trustee. He didn't know it was illegal.

Lawyers for the Secretary of State are predicting "chaos" if voters take photos. They said it'll lead to longer lines at polling places and other problems.

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