2020 election: How do you track your mailed-in ballot?

2020 presidential election: How to track mail-in ballots?

With millions of people casting their votes by mail in the 2020 election, the question of what happens to the ballot once it leaves your hand is becoming a more pressing one.

For those who have concerns about the process, there is some reassuring news. Voters in every state can track their ballots once they are mailed.

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While each state has a different tracking method, generally, you will be asked your name, address, and date of birth or social security number. You may also need your ballot tracking number, a number that is generally on the envelope in which you return your ballot to election officials.

Once you give the information you are asked for, you will get a message about the status of your ballot.

Below are links to state election websites that will help you track your ballot.

BETHESDA, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 20: Election judges prepare early mail-in ballots to be scanned by the Montgomery County Board of Elections October 20, 2020 at Plumb Gar Community Recreation Center in Germantown, Maryland. Request for a mail-in ballot in Maryland for the 2020 presidential general election must be received by today, or voters can request their ballots in person at a local board of elections office.
BETHESDA, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 20: Election judges prepare early mail-in ballots to be scanned by the Montgomery County Board of Elections October 20, 2020 at Plumb Gar Community Recreation Center in Germantown, Maryland. Request for a mail-in ballot in Maryland for the 2020 presidential general election must be received by today, or voters can request their ballots in person at a local board of elections office. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/Getty Images)