- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s ban on “ballot selfies” (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Colorado election officials are defending a state law that bars people from taking photos of their ballots.

A state lawmaker and a voter filed suit in federal court Monday, saying the law violates free speech.

Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert said the law defends the integrity of elections and protects voters from intimidation or inducement.

The lawsuit named the secretary of state and attorney general as defendants. The attorney general’s office declined to comment.

A review by The Associated Press found 18 states have laws against sharing ballot photos. Six other states bar photography in polling places but permit photos of mail-in ballots.

Courts have struck down bans in New Hampshire and Indiana, and rules have been changed in California and Rhode Island.

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12:05 p.m.

A Colorado lawmaker and voter are suing in hopes of overturning a state law that bars people from taking photos of their ballots.

KUSA-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/jbfes4w) Republican state Sen. Owen Hill and Scott Romano of Littleton filed suit in federal court Monday arguing the law violates free speech.

“Ballot selfies” are a misdemeanor in Colorado.

A review by The Associated Press found 18 states have laws against sharing ballot photos. Six other states bar photography in polling places but permit photos of mail-in ballots.

Courts have struck down bans in New Hampshire and Indiana, and rules have been changed in California and Rhode Island.

The Colorado lawsuit names the secretary of state and attorney general as defendants. They didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: KUSA-TV, http://www.9news.com

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