The expansion of voting by mail this year as part of states' efforts to make the election process safer during the coronavirus pandemic has contributed to early voting records being shattered across the country. As of late last week, over 57 million votes had already been cast in the 2020 election.
Elections experts say that voting by mail is just as secure as voting in person, refuting baseless attacks on the process by Republicans from Donald Trump on down. U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who has been accused of helping Trump undermine the operations of the U.S. Postal Service in the run-up to the election, claimed during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in August that the agency is "fully capable and committed to delivering the nation's election mail securely and on time."
Below is a guide to how you can check your voter registration and the status of your mailed ballots based on where you live. The sites require your full name and date of birth, with the additional information required depending on the state.
In most states, the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received by election officials is Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. A number of states have deadlines a few days later.
Confirm your registration status, ballot status, polling location, and address on the official state Alabama Votes site. The site notes: "An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day."
Check your voter registration status, polling place location, absentee application, and ballot status through the website of the state's Division of Elections. Ballots must be postmarked on or by Election Day and received by election officials by Nov. 13.
Check your voter status through the website of the California secretary of state. Track your mail ballot, including when it's mailed, received, and counted, through the Where's My Ballot? portal. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 20.
Manage your voter registration via the Go Vote Colorado website. Track the status of your mail ballot, from mailed to accepted, through Colorado's BallotTrax site. Your ballots are due by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Check your voter registration status, mail-in application status, ballot status, poll location, early voting locations, and provisional ballot status via the secretary of state's My Voter Page. Ballots are due by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.
View your registration and ballot status, and check your mailing address via the state Office of Elections website. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Check your registration status on the state Board of Elections website. Track your ballot by contacting your local election authority by phone or email. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 17.
Confirm your address, party association, ballot status, and polling place location through the secretary of state's VoterView site. Ballots must be postmarked by close of business on Nov. 3 and received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Review your voter registration record, request a duplicate voter registration card, find out where to vote, and see the status of your mail-in or provisional ballot via the Maryland State Board of Elections website. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.
Although the state does not offer ballot status tracking, you can contact your county to verify the status of your ballot. The city of St. Louis offers ballot tracking via its Board of Election Commissioners. Ballots are due by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Check if you are registered to vote, your polling location, and the status of your mailed ballot via the secretary of state. Ballots must be received in your election office or polling place by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Track the status of your mail-in ballot, from printed to accepted, through BallotTrax. Verify your voter registration information, request an absentee ballot, and find a polling location through the secretary of state's website. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received no later than Nov. 10.
View your voter registration information, voting locations, your absentee application, and ballot status via the secretary of state's voter services website. Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Military and overseas absentee ballot voters can track the status of their ballots through the state's board of elections. All other voters should contact their local or county board of elections. New York City voters can track their absentee ballots via the city board of elections' ballot tracker. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3. and received by the board of elections by Nov. 10.
Get voter information through the state board of elections website. Track the status of your mail-in ballot, from printed to accepted, through BallotTrax. Your ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on Election Day or postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Check your voter registration and track your absentee ballot status via the secretary of state's website. Your county election commission must receive your ballot by the time polls close on Nov. 3, which varies by county.
Military members and their families, as well as U.S. citizens living overseas, can track their ballots via the secretary of state's ballot tracker. Other voters can verify the status of their ballots via their county's elections administrator. Ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 4.
View your voter registration, polling place, and absentee ballot status on the Citizen Portal provided by the state's department of elections. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received in your local registrar by noon on Nov. 6.
Although the state does not offer ballot status tracking, you can contact your county clerk for information on the status of your ballot or verify voter information via the secretary of state ballot tracker. Ballots must be received in the county clerk's office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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