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Bill would ban cell phones in voting booths

March 30, 2004
By: Zachary Ottenstein
State Capital Bureau

Camera phones inspired privacy debates throughout the world, and now they could be banned from polling places in Missouri.

Zack Ottenstein (AH-ten-styne) reports from the state Capitol.

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Representative Jim Viebrock says camera phones make vote buying easier.

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Contents: Viebrock explains a voter could take a picture of their ballot with a camera phone and use it as evidence they supported certain candidates, satisfying an agreement for payment.

The bill would allow voters to use their cell phones at the polling place, but not after receiving a ballot.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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Lawmakers are considering banning cell phones from voting booths.

Zack Ottenstein (AH-ten-styne) reports from the state Capitol.

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The fear among lawmakers is that camera phones make vote buying easier.

They say voters could take pictures of their ballots.

And use the picture as proof they supported a certain candidate.

The bill's sponsor, Representative Jim Viebrock, says voters would be allowed to use their cell phones until they receive a ballot.

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Contents: Viebrock says lawmakers don't want to restrict voters rights, while voters wait in lines.

The bill's next step is to go in front of a committee for consideration.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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Lawmakers say cell phones can taint elections by making vote buying easier,

Zack Ottenstein (AH-ten-styne) reports from the state Capitol.

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban cell phones from voting booths.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jim Viebrock, says a voter could take a picture of their ballot and use it to show they voted for a certain candidate.

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Contents: Viebrock says it is sad that technological advances are used in harmful ways.

The bill would not restrict a voters from using their cell phone until they actually received a ballot.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.