Web-based absentee ballot tracking feature

Friday, April 30, 2010

Online Feature Launched as Iowa's 40-Day Voting Period Begins

DES MOINES -- Secretary of State Michael A. Mauro recently announced the launch of a new online tool which will give Iowa voters the ability to track their absentee ballot through the entire balloting process.

The feature can be accessed by visiting www.iowavotes.gov and clicking on the "Track Your Absentee Ballot" link.

"The new feature on our website is a terrific tool for Iowa voters and will bring additional transparency to Iowa's early voting system," said Secretary Mauro. "By using this feature, voters will know when to expect their ballot and when their completed ballot has safely reached their auditor's office."

Absentee voters will be able to view the following information about the status of their ballot:

Date the absentee ballot request was processed by the auditor

Date the auditor sent the absentee ballot

Date the voted absentee ballot was received by the auditor

Last fall, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act (MOVE Act). That legislation required states to develop an online absentee ballot tracking system for overseas military voters. Secretary Mauro decided to make this feature available to all of Iowa's early voters -- military and nonmilitary -- regardless of location.

In September 2009, Iowa was recognized in a national study as the top state in the nation in making voting accessible for military and overseas voters.

Absentee ballots for overseas military voters were sent starting on April 24.

For more information on absentee voting or the upcoming Primary Election, visit www.iowavotes.gov.

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