That led the liberal news site ThinkProgress to suggest that Hannity might have violated New York State law, which says a voter may be charged with a misdemeanor if he or she publicly displays a completed ballot. Specifically, New York Election Law 17-130 states:
10. Shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents, or solicits a voter to show the same; or,
11. Places any mark upon his ballot, or does any other act in connection with his ballot with the intent that it may be identified as the one voted by him; or,
12. Places any mark upon, or does any other act in connection with a ballot or paster ballot, with the intent that it may afterwards be identified as having been voted by any particular person;
Hannity acknowledged the incident live during his radio program on Tuesday, telling his audience: "I learned a big civics lesson today. … I took a picture of my vote and I tweeted it out, and then I heard it's not allowed." He said, "So I had to. I deleted it. Whoops! I didn't know, I really didn't, honestly."
Hannity isn't the only person guilty of sharing his choices for public office. A Pew Research Center survey found that about 22 percent of all U.S. voters plan to share their selections on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
Other well-known figures, including Kim Kardashian, have posted pictures of their ballots. But sharing a photo of your incomplete mail in-ballot appears to be within the legal bounds.
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