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06/09/2018: "County Back In Court...Again"


Tim White of San Juan Island and Alan Rosato of Orcas Island contend that barcodes represent a serial number, and that make the ballots “not uniform,” which potential could result in the loss of secrecy of the voter. The took their concern to court, and on Monday, June 4, the Court of Appeals in Seattle listened to oral arguments in the case over the use of barcodes on ballots.

Prosecutor Randall Gaylord attended for San Juan County Auditor and Assistant Solicitor General Peter Gonick appeared for the Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Knoll Lowney appeared with White and Rosato.

The elections officials point out that the barcode makes no association with the voter or any vote. The county elections officials use the Hart InterCivic system which has been certified by the Secretary of State.

They argued that bar codes solve only two purposes: they improve the integrity of vote-by-mail elections by assuring that ballots are not counted twice, and they allow workers to quickly find ballots that need additional review to resolve questions on the ballot.

The Court of Appeals is expected to make a ruling within six months.

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