Here’s Exactly What Those Mail Ballot Tracker Statuses Mean

Did you know that you can track your mail ballot once you’ve sent it in?  Well, you can, and it’s one of the simplest ways you can protect your vote.  All you need is a computer or smartphone with internet access.

To check the status of your ballot, go to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections’ website and click on the link in the menu labeled “Check Your Ballot Status.” 

It’ll take you to this page, where you’ll be asked to enter your first and last name and your date of birth. The ballot tracker will then give you the status of your ballot, including whether there’s an issue with your ballot.

Here’s a quick guide to what each status means:

REQUESTED: You’ve requested a mail ballot, but the mail ballots haven’t been sent yet.

SENT: Your ballot was sent to you! You’ll see the date it was sent out on the display as well.  If you see this status and you haven’t received your ballot yet, call the Supervisor of Elections at 727-464-VOTE (8683) to request another one.

RECEIVED: Your ballot has made it to the Supervisor of Elections! It’s been scanned into the system, and an elections worker has determined the signature on your ballot envelope matches the one they have on file for you. Now your ballot is awaiting tabulation, and you’re good to go!

COUNTED: This means your ballot has been tabulated!  In past elections, the Supervisor of Elections has flipped the status to “Counted” on or after Election Day, but this year, the Supervisor of Elections is not waiting until then to change the status, so it’s very possible you’ll see your ballot status listed as “Counted” well before Election Day. If you see that – fantastic! Your vote was counted.

Something you should know is that the ballot tracker will also let you know if there’s an issue with your ballot, and it will tell you exactly what you need to do to fix (or “cure”) your ballot. Here’s a sample of what that will look like:

 

If you see this when you look up the status of your ballot, call the Supervisor of Elections immediately to get this resolved. Time is of the essence, so don’t wait to act if you see this alert.

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