UPDATE: Wisconsin GAB: Is Felony To Tweet Photo Of Your Ballot

UPDATED: Friday, May 25, 2012 --- 8:00p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin elections officials are reminding voters that posting photos of completed ballots on Facebook or Twitter is illegal -- but high-ranking members of both political parties apparently missed the memo.

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate and St. Croix County Republican Party Chairwoman Jesse Garza said Friday they're removing their ballot photos after finding out the postings violated state law.

The law bars voters from showing their completed ballots to anyone. The intent is to prevent people from selling their votes and then showing their ballots as proof they voted as requested.

But state elections officials say they aren't aware of anyone ever being prosecuted for posting such photos online.

Voters are casting ballots ahead of Wisconsin's heated recall elections targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker and several other elected Republicans.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, May 25, 2012 --- 3:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Here's a caution for Wisconsin voters: If you're the type of person who likes posting photographs to Facebook or Twitter, do not post pictures of your completed ballot after you vote in next month's recall election.

The state Government Accountability Board points out that doing so constitutes election fraud under Wisconsin law. It would be a Class I felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

It's illegal to show your marked ballot to anyone. GAB spokesman Reid Magney says the law was intended to prevent people from selling their votes and then showing their ballots as proof they voted as requested.

Magney says he's not aware that anyone was ever convicted under the law, but that the GAB wants people to know the rules.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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