You’ve Cast Your Ballot, Now What?
The 2020 election is under a week away. We’re sure, positive, in fact, that you already knew that. With the importance this election holds, the entire country has been inundated with calls, texts, emails, tweets and posts encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote from various organizations, including Protect Our Winters.
But what happens to your ballot after your drop it in your mailbox or local dropbox? With all of the communications about the importance of your vote combined with the misinformation being spread about voter security, it’s quite a relief to see that green checkmark and the message, “Your voted ballot has been accepted for counting!” It’s kind of like obsessively tracking an incoming snowstorm anticipating a season-maker of a powder day; you’re filled with nervous energy about whether the storm will be a boom or bust, and when it finally arrives, a wave of relief and excitement washes over you.
Luckily, there’s a mountain of resources available to track your ballot, your metaphorical powder day, and make sure that it’s been received, and that all the hard work you put in researching the candidates and ballot measures wasn’t for nothing.
Protect Our Winters’ Make A Plan To Vote tool will assist you in checking your registration status, locate a dropbox to cast your mail-in ballot, find an in-person polling place near you AND, once you’ve cast your ballot, direct you to your state’s ballot tracking system. Just fill out the information in the tool, below, and you can track your absentee or mail-in ballot from there.
Get started with our Make A Plan to Vote Tool, and we’ll:
- Guide you through requesting an absentee ballot.
- Print your application and mail it to you with a pre-stamped return envelope.
- Help you plan your approach to the polls for in-person voting.
- Send you reminders to assure you don’t miss any deadlines!
If you’ve already completed your ballot, the following resources are available from each state to track it on its journey.
Illinois (This state does not offer a statewide ballot tracking service. Click the link for county by county resources for ballot tracking)
Mississippi (No ballot tracking available; click the link to directly contact Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson and demand tracking for future elections)
Missouri (No ballot tracking available; click the link to directly contact the Missouri Secretary of State office and demand tracking for future elections)
New York (Online absentee ballot tracking is only available for overseas voters & the military. If you are voting in New York City, click here. If you are outside of New York City, contact your local/county board of elections)
Wyoming (Wyoming residents must contact their county clerk for absentee ballot tracking)