Thursday, 22 May 2014

Voters warned they could be jailed for taking "selfies" in polling stations

Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: “Of course

it’s vital that people’s privacy isn’t invaded in the polling booth. But

selfies could be a fun addition to the voting day ritual, especially for

young people who are least likely to vote. Rather than seeking to take the

fun out of politics we should be doing everything we can to make it more

attractive to vote.”

Taking selfies at the polling booth has proved a popular phenomenon in some

states in the US and in Holland.

However, a spokesman for the Electoral Commission said: “The law against

releasing information obtained in a polling station is there to protect the

integrity of the poll and the secrecy of the ballot.

“Section 66 of the Representation of the People Act sets out the secrecy

requirements at UK Parliamentary and local elections in England and Wales.

Equivalent provisions apply at other elections and at referendums.

‘Someone who is found guilty of breaching the secrecy requirements has

committed an offence and may face a fine of up to £5,000, or may be

imprisoned for up to six months.”

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