I deposited my mail-in ballot at the Vienna post office yesterday. And by yesterday evening, it had gotten as far as the Merrifield sorting center. Which I was able to tell via a simple on-line query on the Fairfax County Board of Elections website.
My wife, by contrast, left hers out for the mail carrier to pick up. And she reports that hers, too, is already at Merrifield.
For any election, you have to have faith that the parties involved will perform their roles in a fair, competent, and legal fashion. As long as you don’t wait until the last minute, I think the USPS is the least of your worries. And this ability to track ballot status just gives you that much more reassurance that you ballot is on its way to being counted. Continue reading Post #826: Vote by mail