July 31, 2014

Citizens sue to stop vote linking

Public officials now admit they can see how you voted and link it to your name.
This issue affects Colorado, almost all of Washington State, as well as some locations in California, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia and likely other states as well.
In Colorado, election officials have been trying to cover up this inconvenient (and unconstitutional) issue, by preventing the public or the media from examining ballots — ever, even after elections are over.
The Hart brand ballot scanner, widely used in Colorado, Washington, and Texas, affixes a unique identifier bar code to each ballot. With mail-in ballots, this produces a mechanism for the government or its vendors to download how you voted into a database.
The Colorado nonprofit Citizen Center group is now seeking a federal court ruling prohibiting the government from placing marks on the ballots, or otherwise using mechanisms to identify your vote choices.
This requires no new law; these practices were put into place in violation of the Colorado Constitution. For more information, visit http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/8/81913.html

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