Kern County is partaking in California’s a new vote-by-mail tracking system for the Nov. 3 election.
The “Where’s My Ballot” tool is being offered by the California Secretary of State’s office. The tool is a new way for voters to track and receive notiﬁcations on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot.
“Shoppers are already used to receiving updates on their online retail purchases, from shipment to delivery,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “Now we can offer the same service to voters.”
The voter can check the status of their ballot, including when it was mailed, when it was received and if and when it was counted, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
This tool is especially handy as the COVID-19 pandemic is still active in our nation. Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued an Executive Order requiring that county officials send registered voters mail-in ballots before Nov. 3 as an effort to protect public health.
“Elections and the right to vote are foundational to our democracy,” Newsom said. “No Californian should be forced to risk their health in order to exercise their right to vote.”
Under the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, every voter who casts a provisional ballot is entitled to find out from his/her county elections official if the ballot was counted and if not, the reason why it was not counted.
It should be noted that polling places will still be open, and in-person voting opportunities will remain available.
Those interested in signing up for the “Where’s My Ballot” tool can do so here: california.ballottrax.net/voter/.
All you need to do is register with your name, date of birth, and zip code. Real-time updates will be sent to you via email, text or phone call.
There are also “preferred language” options.
Ballots will begin to arrive to all registered voters by mail, starting in October. This new tool will help strengthen voter confidence.