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News - August 28, 2013

Verifying that your vote-by-mail ballot was counted

Ever wonder whether that ballot you dropped in the mail actually counted in an election? Thanks to Senate Bill 589, which is on its way to the governor's desk for a signature, an end to the wondering is at hand.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will require county election officials to establish a system allowing vote-by-mail voters to know whether their ballot was counted, or why it wasn't. The counties will have the option to choose whether to notify voters by phone, online or on a walk-in basis.

"The need for this verification is critical as use of the vote-by-mail option grows," Sen. Hill said in a press release. "For the first time ever, a majority of voters in the 2012 general election in California cast their ballots by mail."

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