Simplify... tracking U.S. mail-in ballots?

Apologies for the radio silence the last month. Simplify Gmail v2 launched to over 200 Trusted Testers last month and I’ve been heads down addressing their feedback and bug reports. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and should start posting again soon about all the changes and plans for launch.

Simplify for other things…

Simplify definitely aims to improve more than just Gmail. I already have early versions of Simplify Chrome and Simplify Docs in the works. And I'm open to making new products when there's no simple tool available. Which brings us to voting. Voting? Yes, voting!

Simplify Ballot Tracking

In the coming weeks, Americans all over the world will vote. Many will do so by mail given we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. But once you vote, how do you know if it was received and counted? And if it wasn’t counted, can you do something about it still?

Forty-six states let you track the status of a mail-in / absentee ballots. But when I looked for how to do that, I realized it was a bit difficult to figure out depending on your state. You can Google it or look within various voting guides but the links aren’t always correct or easy to find. Any friction here is too much. So I made a thing.

Enter TrackVote.org

TrackVote.org is a simple 1-page site that links to your state’s site to track your ballot. It also provides the list of sites for each state as a JSON file so you can use the set of links in other ways. All you have to do is choose your state and then use your state’s site to track your vote.

Tapping on Colorado takes you to https://colorado.ballottrax.net/voter/.

Some states are a bit more complicated. In those cases, I spell out the various options.

As always, I welcome any feedback or bug reports. And if you like it, I’d love help spreading the word any way you see fit. I posted on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Product Hunt.

As always, thanks for the support and encouragement. Next week, we’ll get back to Simplify Gmail. :)

Thanks!
Michael