GAB: It's a felony to tweet photo of election ballot

Officials say considered election fraud under state law

Published On: May 25 2012 04:14:20 PM CDT   Updated On: May 25 2012 04:17:21 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Here's a caution for Wisconsin voters: If you're the type of person who likes posting photographs to Facebook or Twitter, don't post pictures of your completed ballot after voting in next month's recall election.

The state Government Accountability Board pointed out that doing so constitutes election fraud under Wisconsin law. It would be a Class I felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

It's illegal to show your marked ballot to anyone.

GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the law was intended to prevent people from selling their votes and then showing their ballots as proof they voted as requested.

Magney said he's not aware that anyone was ever convicted under the law, but that the GAB wants people to know the rules.