Legal-Ease: Bring ID, not smart phone, into voting booth

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Ohio law precludes showing a picture of your completed ballot to anyone else. The point of this and similar laws across the nation are to prevent people from being influenced to vote a certain way, since they are legally barred from proving how they vote.

Regardless, you’ll need valid identification order to vote. If you’re curious what counts, the key is that the identification must include the voter’s name and address.

Any registered voter is now legally permitted to cast an absentee ballot for any reason or no reason, including convenience. Despite the availability of absentee voting in advance of an election day, such a contested national election as we have this year makes it reasonable to expect that many people will physically vote this Tuesday.

Polarized voters will likely have strong opinions concerning their preferred candidates when they vote this year. As a matter of pride, people may want to take pictures of their completed ballots, sometimes to post to social media or to share with friends.

Read more about voting law in Lee’s article in The Lima News, Legal-Ease: Bring ID, not smart phone, into voting booth

Source: “Legal-Ease: Bring ID, not smart phone, into voting booth” by Lee R. Schroeder, November 5, 2016

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