I have to laugh because I called yesterday “Wordless Wednesday” and no one said anything. WTF guys?
So. I live in NY. I think that’s pretty clear if you’ve been around and if you’re new here (Hi!) now you know. Yesterday when in the polling booth I wanted to take a photo of my completed ballot as proof for Frank’s grandma that I voted “the right way” and because it was a cool shot.
Apparently, what I wanted to do was illegal and I would be guilty of a misdemeanor. Who knew? Apparently Gizmodo did with their post, Is It Illegal to Instagram Your Vote?“! (If you’d like to read the law yourself, it’s here. NY Election Law § 17-130) (10))
Now, technically, I wouldn’t have Instagramed it. One, I don’t Instagram and two, I wouldn’t want the general masses to see it. I did however wish to send it to Frank’s grandma though. She’d get a kick out of it.
Here’s my problem with this particular section of the law: It’s MY vote. If I want to take a picture of my vote, why shouldn’t I be able to? I’m not asking anyone else to do so, I just wanted it for me and a few like minded people.
In a way, my vote is like my cervix. Stick with me here…
I ran into something similar at the lady bits doctor (Dr. UnreasonbleButHot) a few years back when I had to have my cervix looked at for whatever reason. There it was, on the screen and it dawned on me that it was a cool thing to snap a picture of for fun. I reached into the pocket of my hoodie for my phone and Dr. UnreasonbleButHot asked me what I was doing. I told him, he said, “No.”
He wouldn’t let me take a photo of MY cervix on the screen. Then he wanted to know what I was going to do with it and I told him, “Blow it up poster sized and give it to a friend for over his mantle.” (Trust me, the friend would have LOVED it.) He said that it wasn’t allowable, still wouldn’t budge, and I was left grumpy about the whole thing. C’mon! How often do you get the change to photograph your cervix for crying out loud!
My point is this: My vote and cervix are mine and I should be able to do what I want with them and that includes take a photo of it for posterity or to share.