Mayor won’t be charged for sharing ballot photo

File photo of a ballot entering a counting machine.
File photo of a ballot entering a counting machine.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin mayor won’t be charged for posting a photo of his spring primary ballot for his re-election on Facebook.

Clark County District Attorney Lyndsey Boon Brunette tells WSAW-TV Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink will not be charged.

Vruwink said he posted the photo in February, but took it down immediately after learning it was a crime.

Showing a completed ballot to someone else is a felony in Wisconsin, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The issue came up during the 2012 recall elections when Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate posted a photo of his ballot online.

The district attorney didn’t provide a reason to the station.

Vruwink had no comment when contacted by The Associated Press via email Tuesday.

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