It looks like Baltimore’s top prosecutor didn’t heed our advice from earlier this morning on the rules for ballot selfies in Maryland.
Marilyn Mosby is drawing some heat for posting a picture on Twitter from the voting booth of her blank ballot and her daughter peering over it. The tweet included the hashtags “#DoYourPartAndDoTheSame” and “#We’reWithHer” and tagged the Democratic hopeful for president, Hillary Clinton.
While we were too late to capture a screenshot of the tweet before she deleted it, Justin Fenton from the Sun posted a screenshot of it on his Twitter account.
As we mentioned in our earlier post on Election Day voting questions, ballot selfies aren’t allowed in Maryland. The state prohibits voters from using mobile devices and other electronics once inside the polling place.
Additionally, it’s hard to tell whether Mosby’s daughter was filling out the ballot or if she was just watching, but if it was the former, that’s not allowed either. Children can join their parents in the polling place, but aren’t supposed to disrupt or affect any voting behavior, according to the Maryland Board of Elections.
It’s unclear whether Mosby knew this, but she deleted the tweet about half an hour later, replacing it with another image of her daughter smiling and wearing the “I Voted” sticker and the hashtag “#ImWithHer.”
— Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) November 8, 2016
On one hand, we might expect our city’s top prosecutor to know the law. On the other, one could ask how she can avoid getting caught up in this year’s much-talked-about social media voting trend. After all, Justin Timberlake did it (though he also took his down).
Reached by phone, Maryland Board of Elections spokeswoman Nikki Charlson said she hadn’t seen the tweet, but noted that “regulations prohibit the use of electronic devices in polling places and voting rooms.”
Regarding the rules for children, she said they can watch their parents or the adult who they are with complete the voting process, but aren’t supposed to participate.
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