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[Editorial] P.O.W. House Rep. JKT Pre-Files a Ballot Box "Selfie" Bill

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Prince of Wales' very own amiable, camera-ready, eye-catching, fetching, captivating, alluring, and (did I mention?) photogenic, Millennial State House Representative, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins pre-filed a bill for the 2017 Session.

In case you missed the hint from my above run-on sentence, the bill [which can be found here] would legally allow anyone to take a picture of their voting ballot and post it on social media or anywhere else in public without facing legal consequences.


Who knew that it was illegal? 


Of course the Millennial Generation (like yours truly) is obsessed with narcissistic behavior and making sure that everyone (and their mother) knows exactly what we are doing at all times--so a bill like this was bound to happen eventually. Frankly, I actually don't know why it's illegal to show your ballot and candidate(s) of choice for to all the the world to see (including Russian Hackers) but I agree it's a bit silly. Which is why, now that Rep. JKT is in the majority, his pre-filed bill will most likely pass.

That said, it is my hope---and i'm sure I speak for a lot of POW constituents---that Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will introduce bills of serious consequence. Which will accomplish serious matters this year. Rather than these types of  "feel-good" legislation that do nothing but distract from real concerns such as our current Fiscal Crisis.

Good Luck Representative and Keep P.O.W Report in the Loop! 



Text of the Bill:

HOUSE BILL NO. 7
IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE - FIRST SESSION

BY REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS

Introduced: 1/9/17 Referred: Prefiled A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED

1 "An Act relating to the exhibition of marked ballots."
2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
3 * Section 1. AS 15.15.280 is amended to read:
4 Sec. 15.15.280. Prohibiting the exhibition of marked ballots. A [SUBJECT TO AS 15.15.240 A] voter may not exhibit the voter's ballot to an election official or
5 any other person so as to enable any person to ascertain how the voter marked the
6 ballot.
7 * Sec. 2. AS 15.15.280 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
8 (b) This section does not apply to a voter who
9 (1) requests assistance under AS 15.15.240; or
10 (2) shares a photo, video, or other image of the voter's marked ballot
11 with another person or with the public.

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