Recently, a writer asked what her rights were to know whether her vote-by-mail ballot was counted (her vote was counted).
You can check the status of your ballot at cocovote.us. Click on the "Vote By Mail" tab, go to "Additional Information" and click on "Vote By Mail Status," it will tell you when your ballot was issued and when it was received. Or, a voter can call 925-335-7800 and we'll tell you the status of your ballot.
The writer also expressed a concern that something missing, like a middle initial, could cause problems with our checking her signature.
Election Code Section 3000 tells us to favor the voter. So, if you fail to sign your full name, if we can compare what you have signed with what we have on file, we will count your ballot.
The three main causes for a vote-by-mail ballot to not be counted are; late, no signature, and no signature match.
We have seen a jump in rejections because signatures don't match over the past two elections. Further analysis is warranted to determine why there has been a jump in rejections due to signatures not matching.
Contra Costa has been collecting this data since November 1996. To see our data, visit our website or e-mail me email@example.com and I'll send it to you.
Steve Weir is county clerk of Contra Costa County.