By Kevin Collier | CNN
Citing security concerns, Colorado has become the first state to stop counting ballots with printed barcodes.
The state’s secretary of state told CNN she felt it was a necessary step to ensure Colorado maintains its position as a national leader on election security.
The decision is a further step toward prioritizing the role of human eye, rather than computers to count votes.
In recent years — after researchers have repeatedly demonstrated it’s possible to hack many voting machines in particular circumstances and the US intelligence community detailed Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — both government and industry leaders have reached a general consensus that the US needs to use paper ballots so that elections can be properly audited.