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Westchester Needs Mail-In Ballot Tracking

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September 25, 2020

To the Editor:

Thousands of Westchester voters will be casting their ballots for President of the United States for Congress and for State Legislative positions by absentee (mail-in) ballots.  With the postal service being very unreliable, voters have no way of knowing whether their ballots were 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.

A Colorado sofware company, i3logix, has developed such a system that tracks mail-in ballots like packages. North Carolina has signed on to the system that enables voters to track their ballot to make sure they arrive safely and are 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 in a minute, they are signed up for updates. They get a text when ballots are in the mail, when it’s on its way back to election officials and eventually when it’s counted. Such a system would reduce long lines at early voting sites and on election day. It would “build confidence in democracy.”

I believe that New York City is trying to implement a tracking-by-mail ballot program. I don’t think Westchester is doing so, but if they are, no one knows about it. And most counties in New York State 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 votes are being counted.

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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