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Proposal would allow selfies at RI polling places

Rhode Island elections officials are weighing a proposal that would allow voters with cellphone cameras to prove they voted by taking a selfie photo.

The Board of Elections' legal counsel says the proposal would modify regulations to allow voters to photograph themselves, but not others, at polling places statewide.

The proposal is one of several under consideration by the board. Another potential change would allow bake sales in the general area of polling places.

The selfie proposal is backed by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

But John Marion, the executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, says the restrictions are in place to prevent vote selling, and proof of voting through a selfie could make it easier to sell votes.

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