How to Track Your California Primary Election Ballot – NBC Los Angeles
Whether you’re waiting to receive your absentee ballot or wondering what happened after it was signed, sealed, and delivered, a tool available to all California voters can help you track its location.
All of California’s 22 million registered voters can sign up for the state’s ballot tracking service. BallotTrax will send users automated notifications about the location of absentee ballots from the time it is on its way to a residence until the time it is counted at the County Elections Office.
Here’s what you need to know about the BallotTrax tool.
How to register
- Click here to register and track your vote.
- Register with your name, date of birth and postal code.
- You will need to provide a method of notification – email, text or phone and in which language.
- You can limit notifications to specific times of the day.
What you will receive
- You will receive alerts from the County Elections Office regarding the location of your ballot.
- Alerts are sent when the office mails the ballot, receives the voter’s ballot, and counts the ballot.
- Voters will also receive an alert if there is a problem with the ballot.
- Important updates and election deadline information.
The tracker was rolled out after a 2018 bill that requires the California secretary of state to provide tracking service to county election offices. It was expanded statewide after Governor Gavin Newsom’s order requiring mail-in ballots be mailed to all California voters to avoid large gatherings at polling places during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevada, Utah, Colorado, North Carolina, and George also offer BallotTrax statewide. Other states, such as Oregon, Arizona, and Florida, use the service in some counties.
California county election offices began mailing out ballots for the June 7 California primary on May 9. Tuesday.
If your ballot arrives 17 days after the election, but you cast it by Election Day, your vote still counts.