As Ballots Hit Inboxes, Election Officials Push Online Tracking

Apr 27, 2017

Across Oregon, ballots are being mailed out for the special May 16th Election.  And officials are nudging residents to sign up for a ballot tracking system where available.

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Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says of 206,000 voters in last November’s election, only about 2,000 were signed up for the service called BallotTrax. 

“They can sign up to receive alerts on the status of their ballot, and they can receive those either in a voice message or a text," explains Betschart.  "It’s a great way for them to receive alerts on whether their ballot’s been accepted here at Lane County, whether it’s been received, reminders on the Election Day, it’s just a great prompt for them to keep a status on what’s happening.” 

12 out of 36 Oregon counties currently use BallotTrax.

Voters should get their ballots in their mail between now and May 2nd.  They have until 8pm on May 16th to get them into an official county drop box.