Oversight Committee Passes Legislation Requiring Mail Ballots to Have Trackable Barcodes in Federal Elections

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 17, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Committee voted favorably to approve her bill, the Vote by Mail Tracking Act in a strong bipartisan vote:

“In a country where a substantial portion of our citizens vote by mail, it is imperative that we have a strong, standardized system to track these ballots.  I am proud that today, the Committee passed my bill, the Vote by Mail Tracking Act, which would require all mail-in ballots to have a trackable barcode.  This legislation takes important steps to make our elections even more efficient and secure.”

Improving Efficiency and Security of Mail Voting in Federal Elections

Introduced by Chairwoman Maloney, the Vote by Mail Tracking Act would help the Postal Service more efficiently and effectively manage mail-in ballots in federal elections.  The bill requires all mail-in ballots to include a Postal Service trackable barcode and other stylistic requirements to make ballots easier to sort and track.