Online Ballot Tracking Is Reliable But Not Perfect

Election offices are offering free online tools to let voters to track the journey of their ballot like they might for delivery of a package. found ballot tracking does not always work, as Detroit voters learned this summer, but election officials across the country say errors with ballot tracking are rare.

They expressed confidence it will be a reliable way to offer peace of mind for the millions of Americans expected to vote for the first time by mail this fall to avoid risking exposure to the coronavirus.

Ballot tracking is available in most states, but features vary depending on location. And the accuracy relies on election workers keeping the tracking system up to date, which did not happen in Detroit during the August primary.


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