Is it illegal to post my election vote on Facebook and Twitter?

It’s Polling Day across the UK and we’ve been asked a lot; is it illegal to post my election vote on Facebook and Twitter?

The Telegraph has this advice;

These days, posting about your general election vote on social media feels like as much of the voting process as, well, voting itself.

But oversharing could potentially get you in trouble, since the UK has strict rules about publishing voting information before polling stations close.

These rules are designed for big publishers, such as newspaper websites, and designed to stop them influencing a vote while it is going on. But since social media has turned everyone into a publisher, even individuals have to be careful about what they post online on polling day.

Although the 1983 REpresentation of the People Act says publishing “any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted” is forbidden, the Electoral Commission says posting how one voted or intends to vote is permitted. According to the commission, “A voter may volunteer information about how they voted, provided no undue influence is exerted on them to do so.”

Revealing another person’s vote – tweeting it or posting it on Facebook for example – is not allowed, although an Electoral Commission spokesman said sharing somebody else’s post, such as retweeting them, is not prohibited.

Oh – and no selfies!! When it comes to photography the law is a bit stricter. The commission strongly advises against taking photographs inside a polling station, whether it is of yourself, of your ballot paper, or anything else.

 

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