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Sean Hannity May Have Broken Law While Tweeting Picture Of Ballot: Think Progress

11/06/2012 01:12 pm ET | Updated Jan 06, 2013

Did Sean Hannity break the law while voting on Tuesday?

That's what Think Progress wondered after the Fox News host tweeted a picture of his ballot. (No surprise -- he voted the straight Conservative Party ticket.)

Here's Hannity's ballot:

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He's far from the only person sharing his vote on social media -- a Pew survey found that 22 percent of people have signaled who they are voting for on Facebook or Twitter. Nor is Hannity the only big name tweeting a picture of his ballot. (Kim Kardashian did it too!)

But, as Think Progress noted, Hannity tweeted the picture with his completed vote -- and that may have violated New York state law, which says that anyone who "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," could be charged with a misdemeanor. Photographing a completed ballot is prohibited in many other states as well.

Only time will tell if the police eventually show up at Hannity's door.

UPDATE: Hannity later discussed the incident on his radio show.

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

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