Justin Timberlake Helps Change Tennessee Law
Justin Timberlake’s voting selfie last October broke the law, but might have also helped change it. Lawmakers in Tennessee have reconsidered a law that made polling-station selfies illegal because of the press his selfie got. While the quickly deleted Instagram post may have seemed like no big deal, Tennessee voters at the time were forbidden “from using the device for telephone conversations, recording, or taking photographs or videos while inside the polling place.” Breaking the law could have been considered a misdemeanor, opening any guilty party to a potential of 30 days in jail and a $50 fine. Timberlake was not punished. On April 13, the Tennessee Senate approved legislation to allow photos in polling places, except if it’s intended to commit voter intimidation, voter fraud or sell a vote.