Justin Timberlake was just trying to get out the vote, but his awareness campaign might land him in jail. Timberlake is learning the hard way that taking pictures in a Memphis voting booth is illegal, with the Shelby County D.A. reviewing what to do over Justin’s apparent law-breaking.
The “Can’t Stop The Feeling” singer had flown from Los Angeles to Memphis before posting a message and a booth selfie to social media. “No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice!” he wrote. “If you don’t, then we can’t HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE!”
Maybe Timberlake hadn’t heard of the 1-year-old law that makes it a crime to post a voting booth selfie in Tennessee? But ignorance of the law is no excuse and the photo could land him in jail for up to 30 days, along with a steep $50 fine.
However, The State vs. JT isn’t likely to happen any time soon. An election board official from Shelby County told TMZ that they though Justin should be commended for his attempts to up voter engagement. And no one in Tennessee has been prosecuted under the law since it passed.