Justin Timberlake May Have Broken the Law by Taking a Voting Selfie

The singer was trying to encourage his fans to participate in the election process, but he may now face up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine. 

Justin Timberlake’s voting selfie
Justin Timberlake’s voting selfie Justin Timberlake via Instagram

Justin Timberlake wanted to encourage his Instagram fans to participate in the election process, so on Monday he took a selfie while standing in a Memphis, Tenn., voting booth, participating in the civic process.

Timberlake posted a photo of himself with this caption:

Hey! You! Yeah, YOU! 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


Now there are concerns that he may have broken the law.

USA Today reports that a new Tennessee law, which took effect in January, forbids state residents “from using the device for telephone conversations, recording or taking photographs or videos while inside the polling place.” Breaking the law is considered a misdemeanor, and Timberlake could face a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying, “The Shelby County DA’s office was made aware of a possible violation of state election law. The matter is under review by the DA’s office.”

According to USA Today, state laws regarding taking pictures in the voting booth vary. In Illinois, ballot selfies are a felony that carry a prison sentence of one to three years, while in Pennsylvania, doing so can cost you $1,000 and a year in jail.

The American Civil Liberties Union jumped into the debate on ballot selfies after Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey threatened to prosecute anyone who took or shared photos from a voting booth, and a Colorado state senator filed a federal lawsuit Monday to have an 1891 law against ballot sharing overturned.

If you are curious about where your state falls in the ballot-selfie debate, ABC News has put together this handy guide to help you.

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