Fox News Sean Hannity Under Fire for ‘Ballot Tweet’


| November 7, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Here’s another case of social media gone wrong.

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity may face legal repercussions for posting a picture of his election ballot on his Twitter account. Though there were other citizens who posted similar images and tweets, his popularity is being used against him.

For example, liberal news site ThinkProgress suggested Hannity violated New York State law, which says a voter may be charged with a misdemeanor if he or she publicly displays a completed ballot. New York Election Law 17-130 states:

10. Shows his ballot after it is prepared for voting, to any person so as to reveal the contents, or solicits a voter to show the same; or,

11. Places any mark upon his ballot, or does any other act in connection with his ballot with the intent that it may be identified as the one voted by him; or,

12. Places any mark upon, or does any other act in connection with a ballot or paster ballot, with the intent that it may afterwards be identified as having been voted by any particular person;

Hannit addressed his actions on the air and deleted the photo from his account

“I learned a big civics lesson today. … I took a picture of my vote and I tweeted it out, and then I heard it’s not allowed.” He said, “So I had to. I deleted it. Whoops! I didn’t know, I really didn’t, honestly.”

Should he be punished?