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DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s highest court is hearing arguments Tuesday about secret ballots and absentee voting.

The state Supreme Court is deciding whether to order a new recall election in the town of Center, which straddles Rio Grande and Saguache counties.

The town held a recall election of four municipal officials in March, but some people say that election needs to be redone because some identifying tabs were left on absentee ballots. The result was that vote-counters knew how some people voted, violating the right to a secret ballot.

A lower court declared the election invalid and ordered another one. City officials appealed that decision to the state Supreme Court.

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