Oops! Justin Timberlake May Go to Jail for Voting Booth Selfie
Justin Timberlake's recent attempt to encourage U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming presidential election may actually land him in jail. Oops!
The “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer posted a photo to Instagram Monday (October 24) of himself voting early at a polling location in Memphis. He implored his followers to do the same, noting he took a plane from Los Angeles to Tennessee to cast his ballot.
"Hey! You! Yeah, YOU!” Timberlake wrote in the now deleted post. "I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote !!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don't, then we can't HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE! #excerciseyourrighttovote."
It was, at first, a welcome gesture of encouragement, but it turns out it’s also illegal to take photos or record audio while in the voting booth, according to TMZ.
Timberlake could possibly face a 30-day jail sentence and be forced to pay a $50 fine, as per a Tennessee law that passed last year.
Ballot selfies are also a no-no in Texas and many other states. Photography within 100 feet of a polling place in the Lonestar State is illegal, and a person who violates this law may be asked “to turn off the device or to leave the polling place.”
But while Timberlake's case is currently “under review,” according to a representative from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, a member of the election’s board where he voted says the Trolls actor should not be punished for urging others to vote and should be commended instead.
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