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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:19 PM
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Is it legal to use camera phones in voting booths?
If so I thought it might be a good idea to video record these machines when they are not working.

A lot of cell phones these days record video.

:shrug:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:21 PM
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1. It depends on your state, but my state does not allow cameras in the polling place.
Privacy of the vote and all that. But if YOU want to go and video your own vote, if you have a private voting booth, then who would know?
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geomon666 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:21 PM
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2. Probably not.
I have no proof to back that up but that's what I think.
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:21 PM
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3. I would think so...but not sure.
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951-Riverside Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:22 PM
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4. Whos going to see you?
Hmmm?
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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:24 PM
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5. It would probably be worth bending the rules
If your machine isn't working and your phone record video, I think it would be a good idea to record it regardless. At least post it anonymously somewhere for the world to see.
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:28 PM
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9. It's not as illegal as flipping a vote....
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:26 PM
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6. Most cell phones can film 8 seconds of video...no?
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 03:26 PM by Texas Explorer
Edited to add: Many have cameras too.
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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:31 PM
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12. Ya, and 8 seconds should be plenty...
I know the Motorola Razr and a lot of other phones record video. I noticed teenagers using them at a concert I went to a few months ago. It's really easy to record multiple 8 second clips. They also record audio.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:26 PM
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7. Here in Cali it's illegal to photograph or videotape another person in the act
Of entering or leaving a polling place.

It's legal to take in any kind of camera, and photograph or videotape anything that isn't a person (other than yourself) entering or leaving.

(California EC 18541.)
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Virginian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:26 PM
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8. All cell Phones must be turned off in the polling area.
In VA, you can't even chat on the phone while waiting in line.
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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:28 PM
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10. Then maybe a small digital camera that records video would be okay...
As long as you aren't taking video of other people.
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The Wielding Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:40 PM
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14. What? Why?How would that interfere with casting a vote?
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lies and propaganda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:29 PM
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11. Not as illegal as Vote Stealing and Rigging
Your polling place should have a curtained off area, after that youre on your iown to make the choices you see fit. If your mnachine is screwed up then I would see it your duty as an American ;) to take that photo.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:32 PM
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13. Call your local party and Secretary of State's office.
I'd think it would be okay in order to record your OWN vote, but I don't want anyone, even someone I perceive as an ally, to record mine.
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