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Can you post a picture of your ballot online in Montana?

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There’s been a trend in recent years of people voting, and then posting photos of their ballots on Facebook or Twitter. There’s been a trend in recent years of people voting, and then posting photos of their ballots on Facebook or Twitter.
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There’s been a trend in recent years of people voting, and then posting photos of their ballots on Facebook or Twitter.

Some people question if this is a violation of some type - how does Montana view ballot sharing?

In this time of social media, people post just about everything about their private lives, and during an election year, they will even tell people how they voted by posting pictures of their ballots.

“I can't believe it,” said Ron Kuecks, a voter. “That they'd let anybody ever know, you know.”

Officials in the Butte Clerk & Recorder's office work to assure people's privacy, but there's no law saying you can't post a picture of your personal ballot on line.

"They're just giving up their privacy,” said Clerk & Recorder Sally Hollis. “There's nothing federal or state in law that says you can't do that.

Hollis' office received several phone calls from voters earlier this week after some people in Butte posted their early voting ballots on Facebook and callers wanted to know if this was legal.

Hollis said she made sure to check on it.

“I contacted the Secretary of State, I always do if I have questions, and they don't have anything stating it's against the law,” said Hollis.

“I would never ever tell anyone or post who I voted for,” said Kuecks. “That's what's neat about the way we vote, is that nobody would know.”

So you're within your rights to take selfies at the voting booth in Montana this election year, but some people would recommend being discreet.

“Come in, vote your ballot and go home,” said Hollis, who also recommends: “Don't take pictures.”

But you can if you want.

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