Freedom of Speech

Ballot Selfies are Free Speech - Podcast

Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Podcast
Stephen R. Klein October 07, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided Rideout v. Gardner, the first federal appellate ruling regarding restrictions on "ballot selfies,” or photographs of one’s own ballot. The court ruled that New Hampshire's prohibition does not survive intermediate First Amendment scrutiny. Steve Klein of the Pillar of Law Institute, who is lead counsel in a similar case in Michigan, discussed the ruling’s implications for political speech relating to polling places and the status of ballot selfie challenges nationwide.


  • Mr. Stephen R. Klein, Attorney, Pillar of Law Institute