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Voters check in to get their ballots at the Brookside Library polling place in Tulsa in 2016. Tulsa World file

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin’s first veto of the legislative session nixes voting booth selfies.

Fallin vetoed House Bill 3053 by Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Depew, late Tuesday. The bill would have allowed voters to take cellphone photos of themselves with their marked ballots and post them on social media.

Some people leery of the voting process have taken to doing that to prove they voted and how they voted, but Fallin said she is not convinced the practice couldn’t be used for other purposes.

“I am concerned how this will potentially open up the voting process for voter intimidation and propaganda electioneering,” Fallin wrote in her veto message.

Fallin said the legislation should “contain stronger provisions prohibiting or regulating voter intimidation.” She said she was concerned publication of a marked ballot could lead to complications in the workplace or elsewhere.

Randy Krehbiel


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Randy has been with the Tulsa World since 1979. He is a native of Hinton, Okla., and graduate of Oklahoma State University. Krehbiel primarily covers government and politics. Phone: 918-581-8365