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Snapchat votes Yes on selfies at the ballot box

The messaging apps wants you to freely snap photos and videos when you go to cast your vote.

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Snapchat wants to help put an end to fears over taking a ballot selfie when you vote.

The popular messaging app filed an amicus brief in New Hampshire arguing against a ban on snapping pics in the voting booth. New Hampshire is one of many states where photography of ballots or at polling sites is restricted. Its law stems from protections established in the 1890s to put an end to the political boss system and intimidation of voters.

"The intent today is the same as it was back then, to let people vote their conscience without fear," said New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner. "So inside that guardrail is a sacred place where a person can be true to himself or herself."

Snapchat argues in the brief, which was filed on April 22, that taking ballot selfies is an important way for younger voters to participate in the political process. It also says New Hampshire's ban "unconstitutionally infringes on the First Amendment-protected right of organizations, including Snapchat, to gather the news."

"Whether it's a campaign button or a selfie from the ballot box, Snapchat believes that expressing participation in the democratic process is an important part of free speech and civic engagement that the First Amendment roundly protects," a Snapchat spokesperson said in an email to CNET.

Update, 11:10 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Snapchat.

Update, 1:30 p.m. PT: Adds comment from New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

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