Voting, Selfies, and Better Stickers

Jeremy Berry has a piece up on Saporta Report decrying current Georgia law regarding the criminalizing of selfies, and suggesting some improvements to the sticker quality.

Note, if the stickers are improved, that’s only going to increase selfies, so these should go hand in hand.

Berry points out that Louisiana has used a local artist’s portrait of a dog, and while not all Louisiana electoral practices are worth copying, this might be one. Can we get a Penley to wear?

 

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Teri
Teri

Louisiana’s Rodrigue stickers are fantastic. I could also get behind stickers with quotes from famous Georgians: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” – Flannery O’Connor (runner up: “When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.”) “Team by team, reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped.” – Michael Stipe (runner up: “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”) “If you want to live another day, stay out the way of the southern thing.” – Patterson Hood “And if you like fish and grits and all that pimp sh*t, everybody let me hear you say, ‘O-Yea-yer'” – Andre 3000 and… Read more »

raconteuse
raconteuse

I nominate this for comment of the year.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Mine would be:
“Some of the people who ate my barbeque didn’t vote for me.” — former Governor of Georgia Marvin Griffin

Nathan
Nathan

We can get Penley as long as Charlie is willing to be his “art critique”.

Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

No problem with updating the Peach sticker, but legit question: It’s illegal to take a picture of your ballot because it shows how you voted. If you can prove to a candidate that you voted for them, that candidate could offer you enticements (like cash, vodka, or borscht) to vote for them. How do y’all propose to prevent retail vote selling/buying?

Will Durant
Will Durant

Hey, vote buying has been with us as long as gerrymandering. Why is one considered kosher and the other is not?

Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

If you can’t see the problem with a candidate offering people $10 to bring a receipt proving the voter cast a ballot for the candidate you a) don’t work in campaigns and b) beyond help.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I was being facetious but was poorly trying to make the point that vote buying has existed long before selfies. I have actually witnessed it in progress in the not-so-distant past and seriously doubt those susceptible to being bought possessing an iPhone even in the modern day. I’m definitely in favor of keeping the voting booth a secret if the voter has that desire but again if it is not affecting others in line I have no problem with those who wish to publicize their vote. In my opinion it falls under free speech.

JB
JB

I think the laws prohibiting vote buying would and should remain. I do not think changing the “voter selfie” law and vote buying are necessarily mutually exclusive.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I have no problem with a selfie in the booth being illegal if there is but one person waiting in line behind you, if not, then carry on. I feel the same about silent cell phone use for texting or perhaps looking up a fine legal point on the net in a courtroom. I recently was caught committing this grievous infraction in Gwinnett but unlike the guy in Clayton I complied and thus was not dragged out into the hallway and shot.