This story is part of , CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.
Be aware that different states have different deadlines for mail-in ballots. Some deadlines to mail in your vote have already passed, while others will allow you to vote by mail through Tuesday evening.
If you’re concerned about voting by mail, know there’s been, with fewer than 150 convictions for the crime over the last 20 years. Here are some ways to .
The way your ballot is tracked may differ state by state, or even county by county. For example, BallotTrax is one service your state might use, but others have their own systems or rely on the US Postal Service to monitor your ballot’s location. The Associated Press said it’s also counting and verifying election returns throughout the US.
When tracking your ballot, you may need to enter information such as your first and last name, date of birth and sometimes your Social Security number. Some systems, like the USPS, will need your tracking number on your ballot slip (the part you tore off along the perforated lines). States like Wyoming and Mississippi require you to call your county clerk’s office for tracking information.
After you vote, here’s how to track your ballot online in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.