News coverage on “ballot selfies” has increased awareness that the practice is illegal, but what are the penalties if you are caught?
The law against ballot selfies is in section 164(2) of the Election Act: Except as provided by this Act, no elector shall show his or her ballot, when marked, so as to allow the name of the candidate for whom the elector has voted to be known.
If you take a photo of your marked ballot and post it on the internet, prepare to pay up to $5000 and spend 6 months in jail.
Here is the law:
Section 489(2)(b) – Every person is guilty of an offence who being an elector, contravenes subsection 164(2).
Section 500(2) – every person who is guilty of an offence under section Section 489(2)(b) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.