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A Justin Timberlake selfie helps change the law

Justin Timberlake’s voting selfie last October didn’t just break the law, it might have helped change it too. Lawmakers in the singer’s native state of Tennessee have reconsidered a law that made polling-station selfies illegal because of the hubbub surrounding his snap.

Back in late October, Timberlake, who was casting his ballot early, posted a photo of himself voting in his hometown of Memphis, along with an enthusiastic caption urging his followers to make their voices heard.

While the quickly deleted Instagram post may have seemed like no big deal to most people, 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. Although authorities quickly announced Timberlake wasn’t being investigated, he should have nothing to worry about next time he votes.

On April 13th, 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. The bill needs House approval.

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