Election officials: Photography restricted in polling places

Photography is not allowed in polling places while people are voting, except with specific permission, election officials want to remind the public.

 

This rule applies to everyone with a camera, which is most everyone nowadays with cameras built into most cell phones.

And it’s never allowed to take a picture of a ballot or the screen of a voting machine while someone is voting. Photographs are also prohibited of an electors list (electronic or print) or of someone using such a list.

Athens-Clarke County Director of Elections Charlotte Sosebee looked up the specific rules in the Georgia Election Code after a photographer visited the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections office recently.

Here’s the specific part of the Georgia Elections Code that applies:

“No person shall use photographic or other electronic monitoring or recording devices, cameras, or cellular telephones while such person is in a polling place while voting is taking place; provided, however, that a poll manager, in his or her discretion, may allow the use of photographic devices in the polling place under such conditions and limitations as the election superintendent finds appropriate, and provided, further, that no photography shall be allowed of a ballot or the face of a voting machine or DRE unit while an elector is voting such ballot or machine or DRE unit and no photography shall be allowed of an electors list, electronic electors list, or the use of an electors list or electronic electors list. This subsection shall not prohibit the use of photographic or other electronic monitoring or recording devices, cameras, or cellular telephones by poll officials for official purposes.”

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