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How to track your mail-in ballot

Most people in the U.S. can vote by mail now. The convenience factor is undeniable. It’s beneficial to those who are elderly or otherwise homebound. Do you vote by mail? Tap or click here for steps to change your address if you move.

Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, mail-in ballots have become incredibly popular. But many Americans worry that their vote won’t be counted if sent through snail mail. 

If you love the concept but are still unsure of mailing in your vote, don’t worry. There’s a way to track your ballot online that’s super slick. Keep reading to find out how it works.

How to track mail-in ballots online

Did you know you can track your mail-in ballot as it makes its way through the postal system? Your mail-in ballot is identified by your individual voter’s registry number and intelligent mail barcodes and is scanned when they’re accounted for and accepted.

After sending it out, you’ll need to consult your state’s ballot-tracking portal to track your vote. Fortunately, you can find them all listed at vote.org (if your state offers such a service. Most do, but some don’t).

Using the tool is simple. Head to the site and click on the mail-in ballot tracker link next to your state. On the next page, you’ll be asked to enter the county you’re voting in, your last name, date of birth and a form of identification. You can choose the last four digits of your Social Security number or driver’s license number.

Each state has different ways to track your ballot, so you might not need to enter all this information. Follow the onscreen instructions for your state. After entering the required data, tap the Search button or whatever button your state provides.

Finally, you’ll see a page with information about your ballot. It will include information such as the date your ballot was sent to you, the date it was returned and if it was accepted. If your ballot status is accepted, you’re good to go and your vote has been officially cast.

Why ballot tracking matters

Ballot-tracking can help you do the following as you wait for your vote to be counted:

  • Track its delivery status and confirm when it’s arrived at its destination.
  • Make your voice heard, even if you’re confined to your home for one reason or another.
  • Avoid double-voting if you worry your ballot has been lost and you resubmit a duplicate one.

While online voting isn’t an option, this system offers an additional layer of assurance against lost ballots or any other error that could jeopardize your vote. This tool is safe and will never compromise your personal data. It’s state-sponsored and perfectly safe for anybody to use.

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