Georgians can now get alerts about their absentee ballot

Georgians who choose to vote by mail are getting another way to keep track of their ballot throughout the process.

BallotTrax, a service launched in Georgia on Friday, will allow voters to receive text messages, phone calls or emails about the progress of their absentee ballot, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Notifications from BallotTrax will provide the same information already available on Georgia’s My Voter Page but in an alert. Voters can be notified when ballots are issued, received, accepted and even if they’ve been rejected.

BallotTrax is a division of a software development company based in Denver.

Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager with the Georgia secretary of state’s office, says the service will add more transparency to the process and help keep voters informed.

A record number of Georgia voters are expected to use absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 election, as the coronavirus pandemic causes people to stay away from the polls.

Absentee ballots are already being mailed out to voters in Georgia who request them.