Donald Trump’s son Eric might already be breaking the law, and his father hasn’t even been elected into office. Eric Trump tweeted out an illegal picture of his voting ballot today at the polls.
TMZ reported today that Eric Trump illegally photographed his voting ballot and then posted it online to his Twitter.
Posting a photograph of a completed ballot is illegal, but it appears that Donald Trump’s son wasn’t aware of this law.
Eric has since deleted the tweet from his Twitter account, but the message read as follows.
“It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a good job for the U.S.A.! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain (American flag emoji)”
Eric Trump resides in the state of New York where the law states that this crime is considered a misdemeanor if anyone “shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person as to reveal the contents.”
“any person who… makes or keeps any memorandum of anything occurring within the booth, or directly or indirectly, reveals to another the name of any candidate voted for by such voter; or shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents… is guilty of a misdemeanor.”
Similar “ballot selfies” laws are in place in several states around the country.
Didn’t anyone on Trump’s team think to warn the family not to photograph their voting ballots?
Apparently, there were even signs placed around the voting area. Eric Trump must not have seen those.
“No Photography Without Permission from the Board of Elections in the City of New York.”
The law is intended to prevent voters from publicizing their votes at the polls. The misdemeanor crime is punishable by up to $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
It is illegal in most states to take “selfie ballots” when they are marked. It can get confusing because politicians have looked to social media to attract younger voters, even encouraging people to take selfies, but it’s best to just stick to a selfie with your “I Voted” sticker.
The Verge published a useful tool on their site where you can type in your state to find out whether or not it is legal to take a voting selfie.
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It is pretty difficult for the state to persecute someone for taking a photo of their ballot, but not when you are Donald Trump’s son. Being a public figure makes Eric Trump’s actions even more incriminating.
Eric Trump must not follow Justin Timberlake on social media. Timberlake incriminated himself at the polls on October 25 when he took an illegal picture of himself at the voting booth with his ballot.
TMZ reported that in the state of Tennessee, where Timberlake voted, this crime is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.
Justin Timberlake’s case is currently “under review” according to a rep from the Shelby County D.A.’s Office.
What will happen to Eric Trump? Do you think Donald Trump’s son should be prosecuted for illegally tweeting out a photo of his ballot?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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