Do you like tracking packages when you buy things online? Try it with a ballot for May’s special election. Multnomah County will offer a service that tracks ballots and notifies voters whether they were accepted or rejected. Voters can visit a county website to receive text, email and phone messages. The pilot program will be offered by i3ballot at no cost to voters or the county. Participants will be surveyed after the election, said Tim Scott, Multnomah County’s director of elections. The pilot will track delivery from the county to the participant and the ballot’s return trip through the Postal Service. People who take ballots to drop boxes or specified locations, such as a library, will be notified after processing, Scott said.
The service would have been handy for voters during last year’s defeat of Measure 92 and recount, Scott said. “This system adds more transparency to the mailing process for the voter and can provide almost instant feedback,” Scott said.
The state secretary of state offers MyVote, an online service showing voters that ballots are mailed and received. It doesn’t tell whether the ballot was accepted, Scott said.
Scott said the county sought the service after learning that Arapahoe County, Colorado and Denver offer something similar.