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As many states rush to implement new ways to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. [Source Image: greyj/iStock, ONYXprj/iStock] By Talib Visram9 minute Read As part of a string of voting laws signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in mid-April, the state became the 34th in the country whose residents may vote by mail without having to prove that they couldn’t vote in person. Of the remaining 16 states that don’t grant that right, governors and election officials in 11 allowed exceptions during the primaries on account of the pandemic—and if the coronavirus is still lingering in November, might be expected to continue those exceptions. “Whether they want to or not, all states are going to see a dramatic surge in mail voting this year because of the pandemic,” says Wendy...

Concerned about whether your mailed-in ballot makes it to the county clerk? There’s a website for that. “Shoppers are already used to receiving updates on their online retail purchases, from shipment to delivery. Now we can offer the same service to voters.” — California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Through the state’s Where’s My Ballot? website, a voter can receive an email, phone call, or text updating the status of a ballot. “Shoppers are already used to receiving updates on their online retail purchases, from shipment to delivery. Now we can offer the same service to voters,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told GV Wire℠ by email. “Where’s My Ballot? will further strengthen voter confidence in the integrity of our democracy.” Users can find out when a ballot has been mailed, received, and counted. And, voters can be alerted if there is an issue with the ballot. Signing up is free....