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Thu Sep 24, 2020, 01:34 PM

As Americans worry about mailed ballots, most states now offer a way to track them - NBC

Forty-six states have quietly adopted a free way for every voter to track their ballot this year, a potential rebuttal to fears that voting by mail is inherently risky.

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For most states, it's a simple online lookup that shows simple fields for each voter's ballot, like whether it's been sent or received, according to a tally from the National Vote at Home Institute, a nonprofit that advocates allowing Americans to vote without having to visit a polling site.

Five states, plus several hundred counties, go further. They offer a service that marks every voter's envelope with a unique barcode like a shipped package and lets them receive updates via text message or email every step of the way.

That's a sharp increase from 2016, when only a handful of states allowed ballot tracking of any sort.


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Reply As Americans worry about mailed ballots, most states now offer a way to track them - NBC (Original post)
mzmolly Sep 2020 OP
tracee Sep 2020 #1
mzmolly Sep 2020 #2
Sogo Sep 2020 #3
lagomorph777 Sep 2020 #4
tracee Sep 2020 #7
SMC22307 Sep 2020 #8
DesertRat Sep 2020 #5
mzmolly Sep 2020 #6
SMC22307 Sep 2020 #9
mzmolly Sep 2020 #11
SMC22307 Sep 2020 #12
mzmolly Sep 2020 #13
Klaralven Sep 2020 #10
BannonsLiver Sep 2020 #14

Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 01:52 PM

1. We have a good tracker here in WA, but...

 

that doesn't seem to help with so many votes getting lost.

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Response to tracee (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 01:54 PM

2. Welcome to

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Response to tracee (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 01:57 PM

3. You're gonna have to elaborate on that answer.

What ballots? Lost in WA? When?

I doubt their ballots have even gone out yet. How could they be "getting lost?"

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Response to Sogo (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 01:59 PM

4. Yeah, I don't think you're going to get a detailed answer.

Because the post is not fact-based.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:21 PM

7. Is that sarcasm?

 

Sorry, I'm new here so I don't grok the conventions. We've long had a problem with votes not counting, but we have an excellent tracking system.

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Response to tracee (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:27 PM

8. Post a link or two FROM RELIABLE SOURCES to back up what you're claiming. (n/t)

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 06:40 PM

5. Here in AZ, I get texts about my ballot every step of the way

Love it!

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Response to DesertRat (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 07:21 PM

6. That's awesome!

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:28 PM

9. A family member up in PA said the system was wonderful... notifications all along the way.

Including an email with fireworks when her primary ballot was actually counted. LOL

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 02:26 PM

11. That's awesome!

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Response to mzmolly (Reply #11)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 02:30 PM

12. Yep! She's in her 80s and voted absentee for the first time ever this last primary.

Not sure what method she has planned for November, but she is voting Biden/Harris.

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 02:51 PM

13. Wonderful!

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 02:55 PM

14. my deep red state does this

Checked the voter portal and it said it was sent. Our ballots showed up a day later. When you return them you are able to see that it was counted. We voted absentee in an election over the summer and it worked very well.

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