Temporary restraining order sought to ban enforcement of ballot-selfie law

The Denver Post: Federal Judge Christine Arguello will hear arguments Wednesday in Denver both for and against a Colorado law originally passed in 1891 that bans people 125 years later from publishing their ballot choices through cellular phone selfies.

Caryn Ann Harlos, the spokeswoman for the Libertarian Party of Colorado, said Monday that the “outdated law” violates citizens’ rights of free speech. She and others are seeking a preliminary injunction preventing authorities from enforcing the law.

“Ultimately we’re hoping that the law be struck down as unconstitutional,” Harlos said Monday. “Colorado has imposed abysmal restrictions upon our rights to free political speech.”

But Suzanne Staiert, deputy secretary of state, recently said in a statement that the law protects voters from undo voter coercion.

“We believe the current law protects the integrity of the election and protects voters from intimidation or inducement,” Staiert said in a recent public statement. “In fact, given Colorado’s unique election system and rise of social networking, the prohibition may be more important in Colorado than in other states and may be more timely today than ever.”

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