The Millennial's Guide to Voting Etiquette

Photographed By Sarah Gidick

Nov. 8 is quickly approaching, people. What to wear, when to Snapchat and more.

Election Day is less than a week away. And this year will mark the first time some millennials — the largest living generation in the U.S. — will be able to vote. 

"Imagine what can happen if we all make our voices heard this November at the ballot box?" asked 19-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz at this summer's Democratic National Convention, stirring up enthusiasm among fellow first-time millennial voters.

There's a lot to be excited about, for sure. But before you start posting on Instagram or taking filtered selfies on Snapchat in the voting booth, here's what you need to know about photo etiquette, when to show up and what to wear (or not). 

If the Olsens will always be Full House stars before fashion designers, and you remember Madonna for kissing Britney Spears at the MTV VMAs and not as the Material Girl, this one's for you. 


If you've read about what happened to Justin Timberlake after his illegal voting booth selfie in Tennessee, it might be wise to skip the self portrait and Snapchat and play it safe. (That's right, there's potential jail time involved if you're caught.) But if you are dead set on sharing, you should know that most states don't allow photography or video in polling places, but a few do permit it, including Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Utah and Virginia. You can check out a guide here.  


Practically every other headline has (understandably, for better or worse) been centered on presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but there's other equally important issues on the ballot too. For example, those who live in California can check out, which is a handy digital nonpartisan voter guide to better understanding each proposition. It sure beats trying to read through the paper pamphlet.


There's nothing worse than heading to the polls and realizing they're closed. (L.A. traffic will do that to you.) To make sure you get there in a timely manner, check out this Ballotpedia list detailing polling hours by state.


Some states require some form of photo identification to vote at the polls, while others require a non-photo ID. Check out the National Conference of State Legislatures' website to see which states have a strict photo ID requirement (time to show off that driver's license photo you took at age 16) and the ones that don't require any document to vote.


As much as one might want to wear a "I'm With Her" tee or a "Make America Great Again" hat on Nov. 8, it may be best to stay away from wearing any campaign gear at the polls. In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that "states may create a 'campaign free zone' around polling places and bar any leafletting and last-minute solicitations by candidates," according to the Los Angeles Times. The Court found that it didn't violate the First Amendment.


After you vote, wear that "I Voted" sticker loud and proud. Even take a selfie if you will — just remember to take it away from your respective polling place.