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As Ballots Hit Inboxes, Election Officials Push Online Tracking

Brian Bull

Across Oregon, ballots are being mailed out for the special May 16th Election.  And officials are nudging residents to sign up for a ballot tracking system where available.

Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says of 206,000 voters in last November’s election, only about 2,000 were signed up for the service called BallotTrax. 

“They can sign up to receive alerts on the status of their ballot, and they can receive those either in a voice message or a text," explains Betschart.  "It’s a great way for them to receive alerts on whether their ballot’s been accepted here at Lane County, whether it’s been received, reminders on the Election Day, it’s just a great prompt for them to keep a status on what’s happening.” 

12 out of 36 Oregon counties currently use BallotTrax.

Voters should get their ballots in their mail between now and May 2nd.  They have until 8pm on May 16th to get them into an official county drop box. 

Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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