SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would grant Utahns the lawful right to snap “selfies” with their voting ballots.
While current Utah law prohibits people from photographing marked ballots, HB72 would eliminate the provision that makes it a crime to take pictures of a person’s own ballot.
If signed into law, it will allow individuals to take and distribute photographs of their own marked ballots.
HB72, sponsored by Rep. John Knotwell, R-Herriman, would keep the current law intact that makes it a class C misdemeanor to photograph a marked ballot belonging to another person.
The bill passed through the full Senate with a 22-0 vote, received signatures from Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and now awaits approval from Gov. Gary Herbert.
— Katie McKellar