In case you missed the maps, the polls, the ads, or the debates, there is one thing that makes it clear why today is different from all other days: the unavoidable voter selfies that are staging a takeover of the internet as we speak.
We'll leave the selfie psychoanalysis to others, beyond noting that, just as is the case with every other selfie, voter selfies come with a mix of documentation and broadcasting. "I voted," says the sticker on which most of these photographs focus. But also: I want you to know that I voted. Voting is part of my #brand.
For New Yorkers, WNYC is hard at work today compiling voter selfies of city residents responding to their call for pictures at the polls, and the station should get some credit for encouraging all those photos you're seeing (and for the, ahem, hashtag #voterselfie). But the practice extends well beyond the city's borders. Here are some of the sorts of selfies you're going to see today:
The possibly illegal selfie
In most states, it's
to take and share a photograph of your filled-out ballot. But this has been going on for a few years now, and the laws, as
explained, are not really that enforceable on a large scale. As it turns out, the
New Hampshire's "ballot selfie" ban in court. Although the law's supporters say that the measure helps to discourage voter fraud and corruption, the ACLU argues that it curtails a voter's freedom of expression.
The "this sticker is ruining my outfit but it's worth it" selfie
Davis will almost certainly lose her bid to become Texas governor today. Even so, her campaign's Twitter account has spent much of the morning re-tweeting her supporter's voter selfies, indicating that not only have we as a society repeated the word "selfie" so much that it once again feels like the nonsense word it is, but that the "voter selfie" phenomenon is so established at this point that even political campaigns are using it to look current.
And, Davis isn't the only politician doing this:
The missing selfie
Sometimes, all we have is the photograph of the selfie in action, and not the selfie itself. How deep.