Massachusetts voters who've requested a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 election can track the status of their ballot through a state website.

NO, The system doesn't report how a person voted, only the status of the ballot, whether it has been mailed to the voter and whether it was accepted or rejected upon being returned to their local election office.

Mail-in ballots are sent to voters through the U.S. Postal Service. As the name suggests, they can be returned the same way or they can be hand-delivered to a local election office or deposited in a designated dropbox, which my husband and I dropped off our ballots at the Lanesborough Town Hall where there is a dropbox out front.

Then this morning I checked this site to see if it was received. And yes it was!

This is what the site looks like and is very easy to use.

Unlike in the primary election, where mail-in ballots had to be received before polls closed, any ballots that are both postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6 will be counted. Ballots that are hand-delivered prior to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 do not require a postmark.

Voters who request but do not return a mail-in ballot will be permitted to vote at a polling place.

Applications for a vote by mail ballot can be requested by returning a completed application to your local election official by 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Applications can be mailed or hand-delivered.

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