Justin Timberlake just wanted to inspire people to vote.
“I recently voted,” Timberlake told Fallon, as the two old friends caught up. “It was super quiet, under the radar. No one even knew!”
“I didn’t hear that,” Fallon joked. “It’s so amazing how you sneak in and sneak out!”
Timberlake exercised his civic duty on Monday, flying from Los Angeles to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, to rock the vote. He documented the experience with a shot on social media.
“No excuses, my good people!” he wrote on the image, in which he posed with a voting machine. “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! #excerciseyourrighttovote.”
The move got him in hot water — in Tennessee, it’s a class C misdemeanor to take a photograph in a polling place.
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While it doesn’t look like authorities will be prosecuting him for the selfie, Timberlake still took time to defend his actions to Fallon.
“I had no idea!” he said. “I was like, ‘This is going to be great and inspire people to vote!’ ”
When asked if he had any advice for anyone out there, Timberlake looked squarely in the camera and told viewers, “Get out and vote — just don’t take a picture of yourself.”
Tennessee isn’t the only state where photographing of any part of the voting process is illegal. Eighteen states don’t allow you to take a picture of your ballot, but six others are okay with images of mail-in forms, reported the Associated Press.