Denver judge rules voters have no ‘fundamental right’ to a secret ballot

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While many of us work under the assumption that our votes should be kept secret, a recent federal court ruling in Colorado challenges that common belief. As the Denver Post reports, on Friday a US district judge in Denver recently dismissed a lawsuit filed in response to counties printing ballots with identifying barcodes. Judge Christine Arguello ruled that voters don’t have a “fundamental right” to a secret ballot, and thus dismissed the suit. Back in August the Aspen-based Citizen Center filed a restraining order to temporarily ban the use of the barcodes, which it described as both “traceable” and “voter-identifying.”

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