This Election Year, New Tools Help Voters Cast And Track Their Ballots
With Election Day edging closer, state and county officials are making sure Oregonians know where to drop off their ballots…and at what stage their ballots are in the tallying process. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.
The Oregon Secretary of State’s website now features a ballot drop site locator and map. Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart explains how it works.
“You can enter in your specific address and find out the drop site location, located near where your address is," says Betschart.
"So if you’re visiting another county and you have to be away and you’re voting, you can drop off your ballot at any location that’s the most convenient, where ever you are in Oregon and where ever you have that ballot.”
Afterwards, Betschart says there’s another new service called BallotTrax that lets voters in twelve counties – including Lane – get text, email, or voicemail alerts on where their ballot is in the process.
“So it kinda Lets you know that Lane County elections has received your ballot, your ballot has been accepted for counting. Just gives you confidence that your ballot is in the hands of the election officials.”
Betschart says there’s always great interest among voters on where their ballot is, especially during big election years like this one.
All ballots must be submitted by 8pm, November 8th, to count.