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Here's how voters can track their ballots

How does a person contact the state elections office to confirm that their ballot was counted? If a person finds their ballot was not counted and believes they are legally allowed to vote, what next? Is there any way to get that vote included?

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After you’ve mailed or dropped off your ballot, you can go to oregonvotes.gov/myvote to check the status of your ballot, said Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.

Enter your name as it appears on your voter registration and your date of birth to track your ballot.

The website is run by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

Walker noted there is some lag time between when you mailed it or dropped it off and when your ballot will show up in the system. It takes some time for the ballot to be delivered or picked up and processed.

If days have passed but you still don’t see evidence of your ballot being received, call the Jackson County Clerk’s Elections Office at 541-774-6148 or email elections@jacksoncounty.org.

The office can check whether your ballot has been received and its status. For example, it might be in the “challenged” category because of a problem, such as your signature not matching the signature from your voter registration, Walker said.

If your ballot has not shown up, the Jackson County Elections Office can issue you a replacement ballot, she said.

“We only count one ballot. If you’re issued a replacement ballot, that inactivates your original ballot,” Walker said.

The most important thing is to not wait too long if you check the status of your ballot and it hasn’t been recorded as having been received. Reach out to the Jackson County Elections Office for help, Walker said.

Under Oregon law, all ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on election day.

“Don’t wait until after the election. We have a lot of remedies before 8 p.m. on election night,” Walker said. “Communicate, communicate, communicate.”

If you choose to mail your ballot, she recommends getting it in the mail at least seven days before an election to give it time to arrive.

“We encourage everyone to vote early. Be proactive in that,” Walker said.

The 2020 presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Most Oregon voters get their ballots in the mail about two weeks before the election, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

You can also visit oregonvotes.gov/myvote to check whether you are registered to vote, view your voter registration information, update your voter registration and find ballot drop boxes.

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