In the 2023 election, Weld County took a bold step towards enhancing the security of its electoral process. For the first time, the county implemented an additional security measure, using special paper stock with new GHOSTmark technology for printing ballots. As reported by The Greeley Tribune, this technology includes high resolution images that are only visible under special equipment.
Weld County, with its 222,064 active registered voters, served as a pilot program for the unique security features. The introduction of GHOSTmark technology marked a significant milestone in the county’s efforts to ensure the integrity and security of its elections. The use of special paper stock containing high resolution images that can only be seen with specialized equipment added an extra layer of protection to the electoral process.
The decision to implement this innovative security feature was driven by a desire to test its effectiveness and potential for future use. Weld County’s initiative was part of a broader effort to improve the security and integrity of elections across the state and beyond. By implementing this unique security feature, Weld County demonstrated its commitment to ensuring that every vote counted and that the electoral process was transparent and secure.