FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2022
TEXAS BALLOT BY MAIL TRACKING TOOL NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Voters may track the status of applications, ballots by mail on Secretary of State’s website under Bucy’s H.B. 1382
AUSTIN — The Ballot by Mail tracking tool created by H.B. 1382 (87R) is now available online on the Texas Secretary of State’s website through the My Voter Portal. The law required that this tool be implemented starting January 1, 2022 in time for the March Primary Elections.
“I’m excited that the statewide Ballot by Mail tracking tool is now available online through the Secretary of State’s website,” Rep. John Bucy III (D-Austin) said. “We passed H.B. 1382 to increase accessibility, efficiency, and transparency for Texas voters. This is the type of common sense modernization needed in Texas elections.”
H.B. 1382 required the Secretary of State to develop the online tracking tool to permit voters to track the status of both their application to vote by mail and their ballot. Voters are required to provide their name, registration address, last four digits of their social security number and either their driver license number or DPS ID number. From there voters can see if their application has been received and if it was accepted or rejected as well as if their ballot has been mailed to them, received by the early voting clerk, and accepted or rejected. The tracker is updated using data provided to the Secretary of State by Texas counties.
“In previous elections, county election officials fielded countless phone calls from voters inquiring about their application or ballots,” Bucy said. “Now, voters can go online and find this information conveniently and efficiently. The tracker will save time and resources for election officials while reassuring Texas voters. It’s a win-win for democracy.”