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Official who posted 'ballot selfie' in Wisconsin has felony charge dismissed

PORT WASHINGTON, WI (AP)— A local Wisconsin official who posted a selfie with his marked ballot on Facebook during the April 2022 election has had a felony charge against him dropped.

Mequon-Thiensville School Board member Paul Buzzell, 52, had faced maximum penalties of three-and-a-half years behind bars and $10,000 in fines.

Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy ruled Monday that a state law prohibiting voters from showing anyone else their marked ballot was in violation of the constitutional right to free speech.

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