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Judge to rule by end of week in ballot selfies dispute

Judge to rule by end of week in ballot selfies dispute [flickr, Tal Atlas]

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A New York federal judge says he'll rule by the end of the week on a challenge to a state law banning people from showing their marked election ballot to others.
 
Judge P. Kevin Castel heard arguments Tuesday as a lawyer for three voters insisted his clients should be allowed to distribute so-called "ballot selfies" on social media. A city lawyer, Stephen Kitzinger, called it a fad and argued against it.
 
Leo Glickman, arguing for the voters, said social media is a fact of life rather than a fad.
 
Kitzinger said the request to declare bans on distributing pictures of completed ballots unconstitutional came too late for this election. He says over 35,000 polling place workers and 2,500 police officers already have been trained.