In the 2012 election, Crookston unknowingly broke Michigan law by photographing his write-in vote for a friend for Michigan State University trustee and posting the photo on Facebook.
Since then, many other Michigan voters have taken and posted ballot selfies to numerous social media platforms. The penalties call for forfeiting one's vote, up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.
"It is important to maintain order on election day, and to protect the integrity of other people's ballots, and this case does not threaten the state's ability to do that," said Klein. "Crookston's lawsuit simply calls for recognition that the photography restrictions need to be narrower and not threaten people with jail time for photographing and publishing their own ballots."
The lawsuit also challenges the Secretary's general photography ban, arguing that by treating "credentialed media" differently from voters the law violates free speech and equal protection under the Constitution.
Located in Washington, DC, the Pillar of Law Institute is a nonprofit public interest law firm representing citizens nationwide against unconstitutional censorship of political speech and engagement. Crookston is represented by the Pillar, joined by local counsel Patrick Jaicomo of the law firm Miller Johnson.
Attorney, Pillar of Law Institute
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SOURCE Pillar of Law Institute