SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Voters in Spokane County can track their ballots online after submitted.
Voters can simply visit VoteWa.gov and type in their name and date of birth. Online ballot status typically begins 3-5 business days after ballots are mailed back or dropped off.
VoteWa, which also can be reached from the Spokane County Elections website (www.spokanecounty.gov/elections), tracks when a ballot was sent, received, accepted to be tabulated, or challenged if there is a signature issue. A challenge may occur if voters forget to sign their ballot envelope or there was a problem matching a signature with one on file. Letters are mailed to voters to help correct signature issues.
Once a ballot is received, election workers remove it from the signed return envelope before it is tabulated, so an individual’s vote always remains anonymous.
The VoteWa website also can provide voters with a full list of federal, state, and county races and issues for which voters are eligible to vote in the election, as well as detailed directions to the nearest ballot drop box or voting center. Voters can even use the site to generate a replacement ballot if an original was lost or “eaten by the dog.”
Spokane County Auditor, Vicky Dalton stated, “Having the ability to track your vote is just one more reason to vote early. I want to stress that votes are always kept confidential. Also, I encourage anyone who needs a boost of patriotic pride to check your personal history on the VoteWA site to see which Spokane County primary, general, or special elections you voted in since 1996.”