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Grand Rapids company creates software to track mail-in ballots

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Posted at 5:09 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 05:52:10-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Grand Rapids company has developed new software to help with the voter mail-in process.

It's called TrackMIBallot and it helps track ballots sent through the mail.

“TrackMIBallot is designed to help Michigan’s Clerks run the safest, most transparent absent voter election in history,” said TrackMIBallot founder and president of KCI, Brian Quist in a release. “TrackMIBallot allows election officials to track every piece of mail from the voter and back again with a real-time UPS/FedEx-style tracking system. We are excited to be the first to market with this product that will allow a new level of transparency for voters and election officials.”

Kent Communications, Inc., developed the new software to help voting officials see when ballots are being delivered to voters and to look up inquiries when a voter is wondering where their ballot is.

“As City Clerk for the City of Walker in Kent County Michigan, I strive to be on the forefront of technology and I am excited to assist KCI in rolling out TrackMIBallot. This tool will be a great benefit to voters by giving them the opportunity to track their ballot to its destination,” said Walker City Clerk Sarah Bydalek.

The service is offered in two ways: TrackMIBallot and TrackMIBallot Premium.

It will also service the following counties: Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, Ingham, Ionia, Newaygo, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Berrien, Cass, St Joseph, and Kalamazoo.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says that city has already benefited from the service. “This is a fabulous tool to help us improve the voting process," Swope said. "I have already used it to track down several post office issues and help get ballots in the voters’ hands. I can see this quickly becoming a 'must-have' for every community."

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