Kobach wants to make pictures of ballot illegal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he wants to make it illegal for people to take photographs of completed election ballots.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/SENGzC ) current state law prohibits election workers from taking pictures of ballots but there is no law concerning individuals shooting photos of their own ballots.

The practice has become more widespread because people want to post their ballots on social media sites.

Kobach says social media and photo-altering software have made the issue much more complicated but he plans to introduce legislation in the next session to make such pictures illegal. '

He says in the past, people took pictures of their ballots to prove how they voted in return for payment or favors.