While not under review as of now, actor and singer Justin Timberlake risked a possible prison sentence after he posted a selfie of himself in a Tennessee voting booth with his ballot. The the 35-year-old celebrity is seen standing in front of a ballot machine at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Germantown. He posted the photo to his Instagram account on Monday, with the caption reading:
“Hey! You! Yeah, YOU! I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote !!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don’t, then we can’t HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE! #excerciseyourrighttovote.”
At first, the Shelby County, Tennessee District Attorney’s office claimed Timberlake’s actions are “under review.” Later on thought, they said the announcement was a “mistake” and insisted the image was being looked into. Photography or recording audio in a voting booth is a lawful crime in Tennessee, with a penalty of up to 30 days in prison and a $50 fine.
“While we are aware of an allegation that someone may have violated a Tennessee state election law, we have not been presented anything by an investigative authority,” said Vince Higgins, communications director for Shelby County District Attorney General.
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