GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Justin Timberlake who lives in California but is registered in Tennessee flew home to take advantage of early voting.
Taking a photo while voting could land him in trouble.
You may use a mobile device to assist you in making a decision, but you are not allowed to take photos or videos inside a voting precinct.
The offense is a state class “C” misdemeanor.
Any person convicted of this violation could be sentenced up to 30 days or fined no more than $50.00 or both.
The Shelby County DA’s Office was made aware of the pic, but decided not to review it.
Last year Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that allows people to use their phones at polling stations for “informational purposes to assist the voter in making election decisions” but prohibits taking photos or video.
Statement from the office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett:
“We’re thrilled Justin can’t stop the feeling when it comes to voting so much that he voted early in person and is promoting voting to his millions of fans. In Tennessee, using electronic devices inside polling locations to take pictures, videos or make calls is not allowed. We hope this encourages more people than ever to vote, but Tennesseans should only use their phones inside polling locations for informational purposes to assist while voting, like our free GoVoteTN mobile app. If polling officials discover someone violating this law they will ask the voter to put their phone away.”
Timberlake, who also owns property in Nashville, posted on Instagram of him about to cast his ballot Monday.
“Hey! You! Yeah, YOU! I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote !!! No excuses, my good people!,” the singer/actor wrote in his post. “There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice!”
Of course, fans freaked out a bit as it’s not every day a superstar pops up at your local polling place.