Justin Timberlake flew back home to Memphis, Tennessee to take advantage of early voting. The singer made sure to Instagram the whole thing, urging fans to get out and vote on November 8 — but created some controversy thanks to a state law passed last year.
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The “Trolls” star shared a selfie when he was about to cast his ballot on Instagram on Monday, with the caption: “Hey! You! Yeah, YOU! I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote !!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don’t, then we can’t HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE! #exerciseyourrighttovote.”
Other early voters were in for a surprise when the “Cry Me A River” singer even stopped to take pictures with fans. Bonus for voting early? Meeting celebrities!
Unfortunately, some controversy came up when the selfie of Timberlake casting his ballot was posted. According to CNN, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill that prohibits people from taking photos or videos while voting, but allows them to use their phones for assistance and “informational purposes.”
Nobody has been prosecuted yet for violating the new law, but the punishment can be up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.
Thankfully, a tweet from a local news reporter indicates the Shelby County DA’s office has no plans to investigate the “Sexyback” singer for breaking the law.
Days after JT hit the voting booth, wife Jessica Biel did the same, sharing a post-voting photo on Instagram. “Well played, Wifey. Well played…” writes Timberlake in the caption. And, if any prosecutors of police officers happen to read the Instagram post, he insists there were “no selfies in the booth.”
The “Trolls” star stopped by “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and encouraged people to vote, but made sure to warn them of the poll booth rules. Watch below.