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SACRAMENTO, CA October 15, 2020 – More than 2 million registered California voters have now signed up for California’s ballot tracking service “Where’s My Ballot?” to receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call.  

“Signing up for ‘Where’s My Ballot?’ is one of the most prudent steps Californians can take to protect their vote,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Every active, registered voter was sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the General Election, and ballot tracking will play a critical role in strengthening transparency, accountability, and voter confidence during this unprecedented election. All California voters can quickly and easily sign up to track their ballot at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov.”  

“Ballot tracking has only been available statewide for a few months, and we are seeing an incredible adoption rate. Nearly 1 in 10 registered voters has already signed up for the “Where’s My Ballot?” tool. If you’ve already signed-up, encourage your friends and family to do the same,” Padilla added.  

Voters who sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will receive automatic updates when the county elections office:

  1. Mailed the voter’s ballot.
  2. Received the voter’s ballot.
  3. Counted the voter’s ballot.
  4. Has any issues with the voter’s ballot.

 Voters who sign up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will also receive communications from their county elections office about important election deadlines and critical updates such as polling place changes.  

AB 2218, signed 2018, required the Secretary of State’s office to provide a ballot tracking service to county elections offices. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom signed legislation to expand the ballot tracking tool statewide.