Greens: Remove barcodes from ballots

Members of the local Green Party have sued San Juan County, Washington, alleging that the use of bar codes puts ballot secrecy at risk and violates state law. The Revised Code of Washington 29A.36.111 states, “No paper ballot or ballot card may be marked in any way that would permit the identification of the person who voted that ballot.”

Barcodes are used as a way to make certain that ballots are counted in a day when vote-by-mail is becoming more and more prevalent. The Greens explore the various implications of this methodology in this editorial in the San Juan Journal, concluding that “San Juan County should drop its ballot-tracking system until a better system is found.”

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