Eric Trump tweets ballot pic, and then it's gone

Technically Incorrect: Voting in New York, Donald Trump's son reveals his vote. Sadly, in New York state, this seems to be verboten.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Pride comes before a deletion.

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Eric Trump isn't Justin Timberlake.

Perhaps, one day, the latter will play the former in a musical.

For now, however, the one thing bringing them together is pictures of their voting.

On Tuesday, the son of the Republican nominee tweeted a picture of his completed ballot. Oddly, he didn't vote for Dr. Jill Stein.

Soon afterward, though, the Election Day tweet mysteriously disappeared, but not before being captured for posterity by Twitter's permanent People's Police Force.

The message accompanying Trump's tweet: "It is an incredible honor voting for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A.!"

That was innocent enough. Why might it have been deleted?

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It seems that -- just as happened with Timberlake's voting booth selfie in Tennessee -- taking a picture of your ballot in New York state may not be legal.

Of course the law is often a matter of variation and interpretation.

Currently, as New York magazine recently reported, New York state doesn't permit pictures in polling stations or of completed ballots.

This was recently challenged in New York courts.

However, the judge rejected the idea of change. He said that there were privacy issues at stake, including a risk of other people's ballots being inadvertently photographed. There was also the potential of slowing the voting process.

The New York State Board of Elections declined comment. The Trump campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The current sanction for a ballot selfie in New York is a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail.

Tennessee authorities didn't proceed against Timberlake. If the New York authorities took action against Trump, I'm sure someone out there would suggest that the system is rigged.