Friday, September 30, 2011

Colorado Court of Appeals rules voted ballots should be public records

"The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled today that electronic images of voted ballots should be open for public inspection, provided the voter's identity cannot be discerned from the ballot.

The ruling could have a major impact on Colorado election law, though today's decision likely is not the end of the fight.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Scott Gessler said he would use the court's decision as guidance to begin the rulemaking process for how public reviews of voted ballots should be conducted. Gessler has said that public access to voted ballots will improve transparency, and therefore increase voter confidence in elections."

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