Justin Timberlake’s ballot selfie highlights mixed laws

Justin Timberlake
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015 file photo, singer and honoree Justin Timberlake appears during the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Memphis, Tenn. Timberlake will be collaborating with country singer Chris Stapleton on Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards. Timberlake has been a vocal supporter of Stapleton since before he came out with his solo debut album, “Traveller,” earlier this year. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

Now even Justin Timberlake has been forced to deal with the question of whether a ballot selfie is legal.

Timberlake flew from California to Tennessee to vote early this week, but his posting of an image of himself at the voting booth on Instagram on Monday drew questions about whether he was breaking the law.

A Tennessee law that took effect earlier this year bars voters from taking photographs or video while they’re inside a polling location.

Federal courts have struck down bans in New Hampshire and Indiana, and on Monday, a judge in Michigan blocked enforcement of a ban on ballot selfies, saying it violates free speech.

Tennessee Secretary of State spokesman Adam Ghassemi is reminding voters to use their phones inside polling locations only to help them vote.

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