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Nov 7, 2012 7:51 AM by AP/CS

Vote, Don't Post

CHICAGO (AP) - In the good old days, people wore signs that proclaimed they had done their civic duty at the polls. That was cool. But when some people decided to post their completed ballots online, they got a lesson in civics they didn't count on: they may have been breaking the law. In Illinois, elections officials say they got calls yesterday asking if they could post their ballot choices on Facebook or other social media sites. The answer: no. Many states have laws that prevent people from going public with their choices to protect voting privacy. Officials say the law also prevents people from profiting by showing publicly that they voted for one candidate or another.

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