With so many Americans voting by mail, or considering doing so, a major question many voters have is how they can be sure their ballot arrived at their local election office and was accepted for counting.

As election law scholar Steven Mulroy at the University of Memphis explains, different states have different rules for who is allowed to vote by mail, but 44 states and the District of Columbia have online systems letting anyone who can vote by mail make sure their ballot arrived and is ready to be counted. His article includes an interactive map voters can use to go directly to their own state’s mail-in ballot tracking site.

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Make sure you know when your ballot is arriving, and whether it’s been accepted for counting back at your election office. erhui1979/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

How to track your mail-in ballot

Steven Mulroy, University of Memphis

In 44 states and the District of Columbia, voters can keep an eye on where their ballot is through systems that track when a ballot is requested by, sent to and returned by the voter.

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