Barcodes Cause Turmoil in Colorado

Barcodes have caused quite the uproar in Boulder County, CO. Some voters say they are at risk of being disenfranchised because of the barcode. The Colorado Constitution states, “…no ballots shall be marked in any way whereby the ballot can be identified as the ballot of the person casting it.”

It’s this statement that has voters concerned about adding barcodes to voting ballots. While barcodes are only being added to ensure no vote is double-counted, there would be a way to identify the voter through the barcode.

While Boulder’s ballots have yet to be printed, it is hoped that they will feature removable stubs to separate the barcode from the ballot.

How would you feel about a barcode on your ballot—would you be nervous it would be used to track your identity and your political preferences?

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