Emergency petition is “last try” to legalize selfies in voting booth

(Photo: Chance Seales)
(Photo: Chance Seales)

(WLNS) – Despite an Appeals Court ruling last week against allowing selfies in the voting booth in Michigan, the issue may still be alive.

Our media partners at MLive are reporting that an emergency petition filed today is considered the last try to legalize ballot selfies before the election.

Last Monday U.S. District Court Judge Janet T. Neff issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of Michigan laws that prohibit ballot photographs.

The judge also denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a stay of the decision days later.

So for five days last week, ballot selfies were legal in the state.

Then the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a stay of the lower court’s decision and on Friday, Oct. 28, ballot selfies were illegal again.

The Oct. 31 emergency motion asks for a rehearing by the same three judges that granted Schuette’s stay in a 2-1 order.

The Associated Press reported on Oct. 26 there were 21 states where ballot selfies were allowed, 17 where they are illegal, and 13 where legal status is mixed or unclear.

More from MLive: Emergency petition ‘last shot’ to legalize ballot selfies before Election Day

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