With the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees’ favorability ratings at unprecedented lows, many voters will likely emerge from their polling stations embarrassed to admit that they voted for Trump, or for Clinton. News reports also suggest that the polls are skewed because those contacted by pollsters do not want to admit they prefer one or the other.
Certainly you have no obligation to reveal your vote to family, friends, or pollsters, but may a court ever compel you to reveal your ballot selection? The answer is no—the political-vote privilege, recognized by most states, protects your vote from compelled disclosure, except in limited situations.
The Proposed Federal Rules of Evidence 507 contained a political-vote privilege which provided that “[e]very person has a privilege to refuse to disclose the tenor of his vote at a political election conducted by secret ballot unless the vote was cast illegally.”