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The 2020 Nevada primary will only be mail in ballots because of the coronavirus outbreak. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

With many people likely choosing to vote by mail in the coming general election, the secretary of state’s election division is offering voters a tool for tracking their ballots once they are mailed.

Some voters have raised concerns about the security of mail-in voting, and the tracking service could offer them some peace of mind that their ballot is proceeding through the postal system and being counted properly.

All the information voters need to provide to see where their ballot is located is their first and last name, date of birth and ZIP code. The service is free and voters can sign up for it by visiting https://nevada.ballottrax.net. Once enrolled, voters will receive alerts about the status of their ballot by text, email or a call.

BallotTrax bills itself as a mail ballot locator and notification system. It provides ballot tracking for voters in several other states already.

“Voters are used to buying something online and then tracking the package from the retail outlet to their doorstep. We can now offer this same service, and the peace of mind that comes with it, to voters who vote by mail,” said Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley.

Active registered voters in Nevada should expect to see their ballots show up in the mail sometime in the next three weeks. All active registered voters will receive a ballot in accordance with AB4, which was passed during a special legislative session in July. Voters still have the option of voting in person if they chose to do so.

Early voting in Nevada is from Oct. 17 to Oct. 30, and Election Day is Nov. 3. For more information on mail-in voting, check out our explainer.

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