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Eric Trump Tweets, Then Deletes Election Day Ballot Photo

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    First it was Justin Timberlake, and now it's Eric Trump: it appears the Republican presidential nominee's second son may have broken New York law by taking a photo while he was voting and sharing it online. 

    Trump tweeted a photo that showed his paper ballot with a bubble above his father's name filled in on Tuesday morning, along with the caption "It is an incredible honor to vote for my father! He will do such a great job for the U.S.A!"

    But he deleted the tweet later Tuesday morning after ProPublica's Electionland blog retweeted the image and reminded voters taking photos of ballots is illegal in the Empire State.

    It comes less than a week after a federal judge refused to overturn a state ban on so-called "ballot selfies." Voters contended that they had the First Amendment right to post photos of their ballots, while lawyers for the state and New York City successfully argued that a century-old law barred people from showing their marked ballots to others.

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    New York isn't the only state to bar photography at polling places. New Jersey and a handful of other states bar voters from taking ballot selfies. Other states, including Connecticut, allow them. 

    The issue gained prominence last month when Timberlake posted a photo of himself inside a polling booth in Memphis, Tennessee, during early voting, violating a newly-passed state law prohibiting photography and video inside polling locations.