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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Bd of Elections should set up system to enable voters to track absentee ballots

Many states have set up a system that enables voters to track their absentee or mail ballots. We deserve to know whether the Board of Elections received and accepted our ballots. And will be counting them before election day.

WHY CAN'T WESTCHESTER VOTERS TRACK OUR ABSENTEE BALLOTS- TO SEE IF THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS RECEIVED THE BALLOTS AND WILL COUNT THEM?

TRACKING BALLOTS DONE IN MANY STATES IN THE UNITED STATES

Thousands of Westchester voters will be casting their ballots for President of the United States for Congress and State Legislative positions  by absentee ballots (mail ballots).  With the postal service being very  unreliable voters have no way of knowing whether their ballot was received or accepted by the Board of Elections.  The Westchester County Board of Elections should implement a tracking system to enable voters to track their ballots just like we're able to track packages. It's not rocket science.      And should widely publicize. Would reduce long  lines at early voting sites and on election day.

A Colorado sofware company i3logix developed such a system that tracks by-mail ballots like packages.  North Carolina  has signed on to the system that enables voters to track their ballot to make sure it arrived safely and is being counted.  According to the Washington Post (September 18) in California there is a new election website : "Where's my ballot."  Voters type in their name, birthday and zip code and a minute later they are signed up for updates. They get a text when ballots are in the mail, as its on its way back to election officials and eventually, counted.  This "builds confidence in democracy."

I believe that NYC is trying to implement a tracking by mail ballot program but believe that Westchester has not.  And, if they have one no one knows about it. Most counties in NYS also do not have a tracking by mail ballot program. Why not?  This is the most important election in a lifetime.  People who vote by mail deserve to know whether their vote is being counted.
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

From: Douglas A Kellner >
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:09 PM
To: Paul Feiner
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New York City has an absentee ballot tracking system. I do not know whether Westchester has such a system.
Doug
Douglas A. Kellner
Co-Chair, New York State Board of Elections


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