WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-47), Congresswoman Nancy Mace (SC-01), Congressman Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Congressman Byron Donalds (FL-19), Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Congressman Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) introduced bipartisan legislation to increase transparency of mail-in ballots. The Vote By Mail Tracking Act would require ballots to include tracking barcodes and an official logo to certify authenticity.
“Americans’ faith in our electoral system is foundational to our democracy, and we must do everything possible to restore and maintain confidence in that institution,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “Our bipartisan legislation will ensure that every mail-in ballot is up to USPS’s standards, able to be tracked, and marked as official election mail. I am proud to lead this initiative to further guarantee the integrity of all our elections.”
“Improving efficiency and transparency in our elections is good for all Americans,” said Congresswoman Porter. “My bipartisan bill would add tracking barcodes to mail-in ballot envelopes, helping the Postal Service process votes and giving voters the ability to see that their ballots are securely delivered and counted.”
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy so we must doggedly protect every step of the voting process," said Rep. Mfume. "This common-sense legislation adds another safeguard to the increasingly efficient and effective mail-in balloting process. I am proud to co-lead this legislation which will help ensure mail-in ballots are properly delivered and counted in future elections."
"Arizona has been a leader in vote by mail for decades and I am proud to help introduce this bipartisan bill to ensure voters have more peace of mind that their vote is secure,” said Congressman Ciscomani. “Promoting trust in our institutions and elections among the American people relies on openness and clarity. This legislation provides commonsense updates to ensure USPS has a transparent and streamlined process for mail-in ballots.”
“We need to make voting more accessible for the American public,” said Congressman Connolly. “As more people choose to vote absentee by mail, this simple measure will ensure all ballots are trackable and every valid vote is counted.”
The Vote by Mail Tracking Act would help voters track their ballots and have confidence that election officials counted their vote. Under this bill, each mail-in ballot envelope must:
- Contain a United States Postal Service (USPS) barcode;
- Meet USPS design requirements and standards for machinable letters; and
- Include an Official Election Mail logo.